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Export Outlook Express to Thunderbird in Windows 7

Have purchased a new PC with Windows 7 OS. Old XP system had Outlook Express. I have successfully imported my address book into Mozilla Thunderbird, but unable to accomplish the same with the messages and all other e mail files. How to proceed? Prefer to use Thunderbird..
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  • > [...] I have successfully imported my address book into Mozilla
    > Thunderbird, but unable to accomplish the same with the messages
    > and all other e mail files. [...]

    Why not ? What happens when you try -- and _how_ are you trying -- to do this ?
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  • Got no answer but would very much like to know how you were able to import your Outlook Express Address Book into TB in Windows 7. I have been trying for days now and spent hours.
    Would be much obliged.
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  • In OE, File->Export->Address Book... and select the Text File. Choose a handy location for transport to Win7 computer if necessary (e.g. flash drive, DropBox, etc.) and retain the default '.csv' extension. Somewhere in here, you select the fields you want... might as well select all.

    In TB, Tools->Import... select Address Books, then Text file, and then for the file selection dialog, select Comma Separated in the bottom right. You'll need to match-up fields, checking the box for the first record being the field names. Select the TB fields on the left that you are populating, then move up/down those fields to match with the named records on the right; you canmove to subsequent, populated records to check what data is there. OK completes the import.

    For the mail folders, I'd first recommend an IMAP mailbox such as Google that syncs your access across platforms/devices. There you can create folders as you need and no longer worry about local access, and you can move your mail to a temporary account if you don't prefer that setup.

    If you do simply want to move folders directly... you're looking for the folder C:\Documents and Settings\warrenjo\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{31391EF3-B3AC-4F12-94D8-DC2DA45E9526}\Microsoft\Outlook Express, wherein your Windows Login and GUID are very likely to be different. Close OE to stabilize the contents, and then you can copy out those DBX files that correspond to the folders you want to copy; some appear to be for other purposes. In fact, the Folders.dbx file just might be necessary.... Put those that you want into a directory for import (the whole directory is taken at once).

    In TB, Tools->Import... select Mail, then Outlook Express, and then the directory with the folders you want (if on the same computer, you could just point here to the original directory and import everything). On OK, it imports the directory into Local Folders->Outlook Express Import, giving you a chance to integrate them yourself into TB's structure.

    Enjoy! I just did both myself and typed as I went...
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