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Import .dbx files into Outlook 2003

Discussion in 'Using Outlook' started by Don B, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. Don B

    Don B

    Guest
    I have a backup of an old computer that crashed. I have .dbx files from my

    old email system on it.

    I bought a Windows 7 64-bit machine. I am not able to install Outlook

    Express onto this machine. I get errors during installation.

    On my new machine, I was able to import he .dbx files into Windows Live Mail

    and am sucessfully using it for email. However, I would rather use Microsoft

    Outlook 2003 for email.

    I have tried a number of things to get the .dbx files to import, and to

    import directly from Windows Live Mail, but I can't find the right sequence

    of steps to work online or in Help.

    So, I have a bunch of .dbx files, and a running version of Windows Live

    Mail, and I would like to somehow get the email info from either of those

    into Outlook 2003.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Russ Valentine

    Russ Valentine

    Guest
    You can't import dbx files. You can only import from an installation of

    Windows Mail.

    File > Import and Export> Import from another Program or file > Windows

    Mail.

    Russ Valentine

    "Don B" <Don B@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

    news:EA6A578A-D3CB-43DB-9064-76349C628EC4@microsoft.com...
    > I have a backup of an old computer that crashed. I have .dbx files from my
    > old email system on it.

    > I bought a Windows 7 64-bit machine. I am not able to install Outlook
    > Express onto this machine. I get errors during installation.

    > On my new machine, I was able to import he .dbx files into Windows Live
    > Mail
    > and am sucessfully using it for email. However, I would rather use
    > Microsoft
    > Outlook 2003 for email.

    > I have tried a number of things to get the .dbx files to import, and to
    > import directly from Windows Live Mail, but I can't find the right
    > sequence
    > of steps to work online or in Help.

    > So, I have a bunch of .dbx files, and a running version of Windows Live
    > Mail, and I would like to somehow get the email info from either of those
    > into Outlook 2003.

    > Any suggestions?

    >
     
  3. SC Tom

    SC Tom

    Guest
    "Don B" <Don B@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

    news:EA6A578A-D3CB-43DB-9064-76349C628EC4@microsoft.com...
    > I have a backup of an old computer that crashed. I have .dbx files from my
    > old email system on it.

    > I bought a Windows 7 64-bit machine. I am not able to install Outlook
    > Express onto this machine. I get errors during installation.

    > On my new machine, I was able to import he .dbx files into Windows Live
    > Mail
    > and am sucessfully using it for email. However, I would rather use
    > Microsoft
    > Outlook 2003 for email.

    > I have tried a number of things to get the .dbx files to import, and to
    > import directly from Windows Live Mail, but I can't find the right
    > sequence
    > of steps to work online or in Help.

    > So, I have a bunch of .dbx files, and a running version of Windows Live
    > Mail, and I would like to somehow get the email info from either of those
    > into Outlook 2003.

    > Any suggestions?

    >


    First off, Win7 doesn't support Outlook Express (hence the error messages)

    or Windows Mail (as was in Vista).

    Have you installed OL2003? If so, open Windows Live Mail, go to your Inbox,

    click on File, Export, Messages..., pick Microsoft Exchange, and click on

    Next. Does that get your messages into Outlook?

    I don't recall since I don't have Outlook installed anymore, but isn't there

    an option to import from Live Mail directly into Outlook? Also your contacts

    list? Like I said, I don't use OL anymore, but I thought that was how I had

    done it when I was.

    SC Tom
     
  4. DL

    DL

    Guest
    No there is no option in Outlook to import from Live Mail

    In any case in any import process the modified dates are all changed to the

    import date.

    Whereas Exporting from WLM to Outlook (exchange) retains the dates

    "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote in message

    news:%23hxuvh4aKHA.2184@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...

    > "Don B" <Don B@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:EA6A578A-D3CB-43DB-9064-76349C628EC4@microsoft.com...
    > >I have a backup of an old computer that crashed. I have .dbx files from
    > >my
    > > old email system on it.
    >

    >> I bought a Windows 7 64-bit machine. I am not able to install Outlook
    > > Express onto this machine. I get errors during installation.
    >

    >> On my new machine, I was able to import he .dbx files into Windows Live
    > > Mail
    > > and am sucessfully using it for email. However, I would rather use
    > > Microsoft
    > > Outlook 2003 for email.
    >

    >> I have tried a number of things to get the .dbx files to import, and to
    > > import directly from Windows Live Mail, but I can't find the right
    > > sequence
    > > of steps to work online or in Help.
    >

    >> So, I have a bunch of .dbx files, and a running version of Windows Live
    > > Mail, and I would like to somehow get the email info from either of those
    > > into Outlook 2003.
    >

    >> Any suggestions?
    >

    >>


    > First off, Win7 doesn't support Outlook Express (hence the error messages)
    > or Windows Mail (as was in Vista).
    > Have you installed OL2003? If so, open Windows Live Mail, go to your
    > Inbox, click on File, Export, Messages..., pick Microsoft Exchange, and
    > click on Next. Does that get your messages into Outlook?

    > I don't recall since I don't have Outlook installed anymore, but isn't
    > there an option to import from Live Mail directly into Outlook? Also your
    > contacts list? Like I said, I don't use OL anymore, but I thought that was
    > how I had done it when I was.

    > SC Tom
    >
     
  5. Russ Valentine

    Russ Valentine

    Guest
    And if we take the OP at his word that he really wants to import his DBX

    files into Outlook, he'll have no choice but to download and install Windows

    Mail, which in fact is supported on Windows 7.

    Russ Valentine

    "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote in message

    news:%23hxuvh4aKHA.2184@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...

    > "Don B" <Don B@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:EA6A578A-D3CB-43DB-9064-76349C628EC4@microsoft.com...
    > >I have a backup of an old computer that crashed. I have .dbx files from
    > >my
    > > old email system on it.
    >

    >> I bought a Windows 7 64-bit machine. I am not able to install Outlook
    > > Express onto this machine. I get errors during installation.
    >

    >> On my new machine, I was able to import he .dbx files into Windows Live
    > > Mail
    > > and am sucessfully using it for email. However, I would rather use
    > > Microsoft
    > > Outlook 2003 for email.
    >

    >> I have tried a number of things to get the .dbx files to import, and to
    > > import directly from Windows Live Mail, but I can't find the right
    > > sequence
    > > of steps to work online or in Help.
    >

    >> So, I have a bunch of .dbx files, and a running version of Windows Live
    > > Mail, and I would like to somehow get the email info from either of those
    > > into Outlook 2003.
    >

    >> Any suggestions?
    >

    >>


    > First off, Win7 doesn't support Outlook Express (hence the error messages)
    > or Windows Mail (as was in Vista).
    > Have you installed OL2003? If so, open Windows Live Mail, go to your
    > Inbox, click on File, Export, Messages..., pick Microsoft Exchange, and
    > click on Next. Does that get your messages into Outlook?

    > I don't recall since I don't have Outlook installed anymore, but isn't
    > there an option to import from Live Mail directly into Outlook? Also your
    > contacts list? Like I said, I don't use OL anymore, but I thought that was
    > how I had done it when I was.

    > SC Tom
    >
     
  6. SC Tom

    SC Tom

    Guest
    Windows Live Mail is supported in Win7; Windows Mail is not, at least not

    natively. It was for Vista only.

    SC Tom

    "Russ Valentine" <russval@mvps.org> wrote in message

    news:%23QGJs$6aKHA.2184@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > And if we take the OP at his word that he really wants to import his DBX
    > files into Outlook, he'll have no choice but to download and install
    > Windows Mail, which in fact is supported on Windows 7.
    > > Russ Valentine
    > "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote in message
    > news:%23hxuvh4aKHA.2184@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >

    >> "Don B" <Don B@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > news:EA6A578A-D3CB-43DB-9064-76349C628EC4@microsoft.com...
    > >>I have a backup of an old computer that crashed. I have .dbx files from
    > >>my
    > >> old email system on it.
    > >
    >>> I bought a Windows 7 64-bit machine. I am not able to install Outlook
    > >> Express onto this machine. I get errors during installation.
    > >
    >>> On my new machine, I was able to import he .dbx files into Windows Live
    > >> Mail
    > >> and am sucessfully using it for email. However, I would rather use
    > >> Microsoft
    > >> Outlook 2003 for email.
    > >
    >>> I have tried a number of things to get the .dbx files to import, and to
    > >> import directly from Windows Live Mail, but I can't find the right
    > >> sequence
    > >> of steps to work online or in Help.
    > >
    >>> So, I have a bunch of .dbx files, and a running version of Windows Live
    > >> Mail, and I would like to somehow get the email info from either of
    > >> those
    > >> into Outlook 2003.
    > >
    >>> Any suggestions?
    > >
    >>>

    >

    >> First off, Win7 doesn't support Outlook Express (hence the error
    > > messages) or Windows Mail (as was in Vista).
    > > Have you installed OL2003? If so, open Windows Live Mail, go to your
    > > Inbox, click on File, Export, Messages..., pick Microsoft Exchange, and
    > > click on Next. Does that get your messages into Outlook?
    >

    >> I don't recall since I don't have Outlook installed anymore, but isn't
    > > there an option to import from Live Mail directly into Outlook? Also your
    > > contacts list? Like I said, I don't use OL anymore, but I thought that
    > > was how I had done it when I was.
    >

    >> SC Tom
    > >

    >
     
  7. Russ Valentine

    Russ Valentine

    Guest
    Right you are. Microsoft wins again at the game of "Simon Says" and has

    stranded its users one more time. Outlook cannot import from Windows Live

    Mail, and the OP's reasonable request has been denied by those who know what

    we want better than we do.

    Russ Valentine

    "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote in message

    news:uXtY8C8aKHA.5348@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Windows Live Mail is supported in Win7; Windows Mail is not, at least not
    > natively. It was for Vista only.

    > SC Tom

    > "Russ Valentine" <russval@mvps.org> wrote in message
    > news:%23QGJs$6aKHA.2184@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > > And if we take the OP at his word that he really wants to import his DBX
    > > files into Outlook, he'll have no choice but to download and install
    > > Windows Mail, which in fact is supported on Windows 7.
    > > > > Russ Valentine
    > > "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote in message
    > > news:%23hxuvh4aKHA.2184@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > >
    >>> "Don B" <Don B@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:EA6A578A-D3CB-43DB-9064-76349C628EC4@microsoft.com...
    > >>>I have a backup of an old computer that crashed. I have .dbx files from
    > >>>my
    > >>> old email system on it.
    > >>
    >>>> I bought a Windows 7 64-bit machine. I am not able to install Outlook
    > >>> Express onto this machine. I get errors during installation.
    > >>
    >>>> On my new machine, I was able to import he .dbx files into Windows Live
    > >>> Mail
    > >>> and am sucessfully using it for email. However, I would rather use
    > >>> Microsoft
    > >>> Outlook 2003 for email.
    > >>
    >>>> I have tried a number of things to get the .dbx files to import, and to
    > >>> import directly from Windows Live Mail, but I can't find the right
    > >>> sequence
    > >>> of steps to work online or in Help.
    > >>
    >>>> So, I have a bunch of .dbx files, and a running version of Windows Live
    > >>> Mail, and I would like to somehow get the email info from either of
    > >>> those
    > >>> into Outlook 2003.
    > >>
    >>>> Any suggestions?
    > >>
    >>>
    >>
    >>> First off, Win7 doesn't support Outlook Express (hence the error
    > >> messages) or Windows Mail (as was in Vista).
    > >> Have you installed OL2003? If so, open Windows Live Mail, go to your
    > >> Inbox, click on File, Export, Messages..., pick Microsoft Exchange, and
    > >> click on Next. Does that get your messages into Outlook?
    > >
    >>> I don't recall since I don't have Outlook installed anymore, but isn't
    > >> there an option to import from Live Mail directly into Outlook? Also
    > >> your contacts list? Like I said, I don't use OL anymore, but I thought
    > >> that was how I had done it when I was.
    > >
    >>> SC Tom
    > >>

    > >

    >
     
  8. Gordon

    Gordon

    Guest
    "DL" <notvalid@spoofaddress.co.uk> wrote in message

    news:uHOG4m5aKHA.4124@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...


    > In any case in any import process the modified dates are all changed to
    > the import date.
    > Whereas Exporting from WLM to Outlook (exchange) retains the dates


    That's what SC Tom said........;-)
     
  9. Gordon

    Gordon

    Guest
    "Russ Valentine" <russval@mvps.org> wrote in message

    news:#6Kbw$8aKHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Right you are. Microsoft wins again at the game of "Simon Says" and has
    > stranded its users one more time. Outlook cannot import from Windows Live
    > Mail, and the OP's reasonable request has been denied by those who know
    > what we want better than we do.


    But he CAN export FROM Windows Live Mail to Outlook.....
     
  10. Russ Valentine

    Russ Valentine

    Guest
    Obviously.

    Russ Valentine

    "Gordon" <gordonbparker@yahoo.com> wrote in message

    news:uGdiICCbKHA.1640@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...

    > "Russ Valentine" <russval@mvps.org> wrote in message
    > news:#6Kbw$8aKHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > > Right you are. Microsoft wins again at the game of "Simon Says" and has
    > > stranded its users one more time. Outlook cannot import from Windows Live
    > > Mail, and the OP's reasonable request has been denied by those who know
    > > what we want better than we do.


    > But he CAN export FROM Windows Live Mail to Outlook.....
     
  11. Don B

    Don B

    Guest
    Actually, I can't export from WLM and import into Outlook 2003, at least I

    can't figure out how.

    When I go into Export in Windows Live Mail (not Windows Mail) I see the

    options:

    Microsoft Exchange

    Microsoft Windows Live Mail

    I selected "Microsoft Exchange"

    I then selected "Outlook" from the Profile popup. That was the only choice

    in the list.

    Then I chose "all folders" from the list of folders to export and hit "OK"

    Windows Live Mail exported everything.

    Where it exported it, I have no idea.

    When I go into Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, I choose "File -> Import" and

    the option "Internet Mail and Addresses" gives me two choices: Eudora and

    Outlook Express. I can't choose either of these (I've tried OE but I always

    get the "folder in use" message).

    I don't see any other options to import the files, and I see no mention of

    Windows Live Mail (which of course did not exist at the time Outlook 2003 was

    written.)

    That's it, that's all I can find out, and everything I've googled/binged

    says I'm out of luck. perhaps my only real option is upgrading Office to

    2007?

    Thanks for your replies.

    Don

    "Gordon" wrote:



    > "Russ Valentine" <russval@mvps.org> wrote in message
    > news:#6Kbw$8aKHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > > Right you are. Microsoft wins again at the game of "Simon Says" and has
    > > stranded its users one more time. Outlook cannot import from Windows Live
    > > Mail, and the OP's reasonable request has been denied by those who know
    > > what we want better than we do.


    > But he CAN export FROM Windows Live Mail to Outlook.....

    > .
    >
     
  12. Russ Valentine

    Russ Valentine

    Guest
    When WLM exports it does so to your default Outlook profile or to whatever

    profile is open at the time. Next time open the Outlook profile where you

    want these messages before you do the export. You'll find them in one of

    your message folders. Use Folder List view in Outlook so you're looking at

    all your Folders. The export process may create its own folder.

    Russ Valentine

    "Don B" <DonB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

    news:FF4000DC-E2D1-44C9-9B22-40C68D053069@microsoft.com...
    > Actually, I can't export from WLM and import into Outlook 2003, at least I
    > can't figure out how.

    > When I go into Export in Windows Live Mail (not Windows Mail) I see the
    > options:
    > Microsoft Exchange
    > Microsoft Windows Live Mail

    > I selected "Microsoft Exchange"
    > I then selected "Outlook" from the Profile popup. That was the only
    > choice
    > in the list.

    > Then I chose "all folders" from the list of folders to export and hit "OK"
    > Windows Live Mail exported everything.

    > Where it exported it, I have no idea.

    > When I go into Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, I choose "File -> Import"
    > and
    > the option "Internet Mail and Addresses" gives me two choices: Eudora and
    > Outlook Express. I can't choose either of these (I've tried OE but I
    > always
    > get the "folder in use" message).

    > I don't see any other options to import the files, and I see no mention of
    > Windows Live Mail (which of course did not exist at the time Outlook 2003
    > was
    > written.)

    > That's it, that's all I can find out, and everything I've googled/binged
    > says I'm out of luck. perhaps my only real option is upgrading Office to
    > 2007?

    > Thanks for your replies.

    > Don

    > "Gordon" wrote:
    >
    >

    >> "Russ Valentine" <russval@mvps.org> wrote in message
    > > news:#6Kbw$8aKHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > > > Right you are. Microsoft wins again at the game of "Simon Says" and has
    > > > stranded its users one more time. Outlook cannot import from Windows
    > > > Live
    > > > Mail, and the OP's reasonable request has been denied by those who know
    > > > what we want better than we do.

    >

    >> But he CAN export FROM Windows Live Mail to Outlook.....
    >

    >> .
    > >
     
  13. Gordon

    Gordon

    Guest
    "Don B" <DonB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

    news:FF4000DC-E2D1-44C9-9B22-40C68D053069@microsoft.com...
    > Actually, I can't export from WLM and import into Outlook 2003, at least I
    > can't figure out how.

    > When I go into Export in Windows Live Mail (not Windows Mail) I see the
    > options:
    > Microsoft Exchange


    Choose that option. I agree it's a bit confusing but the next step will show

    you Outlook...
     
  14. Don B

    Don B

    Guest
    Russ, you're right, my emails were exported directly to Outlook

    without my having to import them - I assumed I was supposed to follow

    the "export first, then import" pattern. Because the messages were

    out of sight in the folders tree view on the left, I didn't see them

    until I started look for them at your suggestion.

    Thanks for your help and the magic hint that helped me find them. I

    appreciate it.

    Don

    On Nov 23, 3:55 pm, "Russ Valentine" <russ...@mvps.org> wrote:
    > When WLM exports it does so to your default Outlook profile or to whatever
    > profile is open at the time. Next time open the Outlook profile where you
    > want these messages before you do the export. You'll find them in one of
    > your message folders. Use Folder List view in Outlook so you're looking at
    > all your Folders. The export process may create its own folder.
    > > Russ Valentine"Don B" <D...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

    > news:FF4000DC-E2D1-44C9-9B22-40C68D053069@microsoft.com...
     
  15. Russ Valentine

    Russ Valentine

    Guest
    You're welcome. Glad it finally worked.

    Russ Valentine

    "Don B" <donaldedbru@gmail.com> wrote in message

    news:90ed2e5c-2018-4d78-9d5a-249e308e124f@s15g2000yqs.googlegroups.com...

    Russ, you're right, my emails were exported directly to Outlook

    without my having to import them - I assumed I was supposed to follow

    the "export first, then import" pattern. Because the messages were

    out of sight in the folders tree view on the left, I didn't see them

    until I started look for them at your suggestion.

    Thanks for your help and the magic hint that helped me find them. I

    appreciate it.

    Don

    On Nov 23, 3:55 pm, "Russ Valentine" <russ...@mvps.org> wrote:
    > When WLM exports it does so to your default Outlook profile or to whatever
    > profile is open at the time. Next time open the Outlook profile where you
    > want these messages before you do the export. You'll find them in one of
    > your message folders. Use Folder List view in Outlook so you're looking at
    > all your Folders. The export process may create its own folder.
    > > Russ Valentine"Don B" <D...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message

    > news:FF4000DC-E2D1-44C9-9B22-40C68D053069@microsoft.com...
     

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