How To Migrate DBX To PST By Effective Manual Tips?

Wide option of email communicating platform paved way for the core dependency on email clients at corporate and enterprise level for overall smooth email conversation. Talking about Outlook Express, this is one of the popular email systems by Microsoft that store email information in DBX files. DBX file is created in Outlook Express to store mailbox data of a user as the emails mesa ages are stored in different folders such as Inbox, Outbox, and Deleted Mails etc. You cannot directly open a DBX file in MS Outlook for windows. This can be accomplished once you import them to Outlook. There is a manual procedure that can be employed to convert DBX to PST format of MS Outlook which might be a bit complex and little tricky sometimes. With proper step-by-step guidance DBX to PST conversion can be feasible in many ways. But make sure one thing! Prior to performing any sort of manual process be careful to back up your original files and data and store them in a safe place.

Three different processes will be required to import DBX into Outlook.

  • First Download Windows Live Mail
  • Then Export Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail
  • Finally Import Windows Live Mail to Outlook

Download Windows Live Mail

This can be done with ease if you are on Windows 7 or 8, you can easily download Windows Live Mail program. For Windows Vista, the program is available by default. In Win 7 and 8, you need to download it and install it on your system. Read further this article to know more about how to download and install Windows Live Mail on a system having Win 7 or 8 as Operating system. You need to proceed to the second process once you have successfully installed Windows Live Mail program on your system,.

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Now Export Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail

You must be using your Outlook Express in a system having Windows XP installed (or an earlier version of Windows). Follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Click the Start button Go To Control Panel. After Clicking Appearance and Themes, click on Folder Options.
  • Step 2: The Folder Options window screen will appear. Then Click on the View tab. Check Show files, folders, and drives under Hidden files and folders section

Note: AS Outlook Express messages is a hidden folder in Windows by default so you have to follow this process. In order to view this hidden folder, you need to proceed with the steps which are mentioned above.

  • Step 3: Now locate the path for the folder, named Outlook Express. When you are on Windows XP, the folder can be located in following location by default:

C:Documents and Settingsyour user nameLocal SettingsApplication DataIdentities{your Windows user identity number}MicrosoftOutlook Express

  • Step 4: After locating the folder, copy it to the system having Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Go through this article to know how to copy files and folders to another computer.

Follow the steps shown below after copying the folders

  • Step 1: Open Windows Live Mail program on your system. Go to Start menu > All Programs > Windows Live Mail.
  • Step 2: Now click on File menu > Import messages.
  • Step 3: The Windows Live Mail Import window will open.

Select MS Outlook Express 6 > click Next

  • Step 4: The Import mail from an OE6 store directory box is selected by default. If it is not, then you have to select it.

Proceed by browsing location of the Outlook Express folder you have copied earlier from the system having Windows XP installed. Select it by clicking it once. Click Next to go to the next step.

  • Step 5: Now select the messages folders that you would like to import to Windows Live Mail.

You may select all folders to import all the folders, or selected folders to select the folders which you want to import. Click on Next.

  • Step 6: The process of Importing is being conducted on your system. Please wait until it gets successfully completed.
  • Step 7: The Importing process is successfully completed now.

Click Finish. To proceed

Your Outlook Express data have been successfully imported to Windows Live Mail. Now you need to export them to your Microsoft Outlook program. For this, you need to go to the third process.

Now Import Windows Live Mail to Outlook

In this process, all your data that was being imported earlier from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail will now be moved from Windows Live Mail to Microsoft Outlook. You need to follow the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Launch Microsoft Outlook on your system.

At the same time, open Windows Live Mail.

  • Step 2: In the Windows Live Mail, click on File tab > Export and then select Email messages.
  • Step 3: Now select the specific format you want to export email to. Select MS Exchange as the format > click on Next.
  • Step 4: On clicking Next, you will have a message saying “This will export messages from Windows Live Mail to Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange”.

Click OK to proceed.

  • Step 5: You can export all the email folders or select the appropriate folders which you want to export by using the Select folders option.
  • Step 6: Once you select the appropriate option, click OK.

The export process will be started. You should wait for the export process to be completed.

  • Step 7: Once the process is completed, the Export Complete dialog box will pop up on your screen. Click Finish.

This manual process is not fine as it does not maintain the integrity of the original file structure and result in data moderation through data alteration and data loss. So we can resort to some third-party DBX to PST Converter Tool for fast, reliable and accurate conversion from DBX to PST file format.

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