Step-by-step screenshot tutorial for migrating from Windows Live Mail to Microsoft Outlook 2010 and other Exchange clients.
Windows Live Mail is Microsoft’s free desktop-based email client that follows in the footsteps of Outlook Express (Windows XP) and Windows Mail (Windows Vista). While Windows Live Mail is the ideal tool for accessing web-based Windows Live Mail (@live.com) or Hotmail email accounts from Windows 7, there’s little point in using this in addition to Microsoft Outlook, if you have it. So, if you’re upgrading to Microsoft Outlook or another Microsoft Exchange product, it’s best to consolidate your email workflow by exporting your Windows Live Mail messages into Outlook. This tutorial is based on Microsoft Outlook 2010, but it works with Outlook 2007 and earlier versions.
Launch Windows Live Mail. You can also launch Microsoft Outlook now. It’ll save you a step down the road.
Click the File menu (it’s the top-leftmost tab) and choose Export email > Email messages.
At the Select Program prompt, choose Microsoft Exchange and click Next.
Click OK when asked for confirmation.
If you do not have Outlook open already, Windows Live Mail will ask you which profile you’d like to export to. Most likely, you will only have one profile here: Outlook. Just click OK.
If you already have Outlook open, you won’t be prompted to choose a profile. Instead, Windows Live Mail will assume that you want to export messages into the profile you have open. I think this is a better way to do things, even if you have multiple profiles since it ensures that the messages get to the right place.
Select the folders you’d like to export. You can do all of them or limit the export to one or more folders. Click OK.
To select multiple folders, hold CTRL while clicking.
Click Finish when the export is complete.
Check to see if it worked. Go into Outlook and check under Outlook Data File for the folders you exported.
That’s all there is to it. Let us know if it works for you!
P.S. You might also want to check out our tutorial on How to Import Emails from Gmail to Google Apps Using Outlook or Thunderbird