First of all, you will have to find the version of your old Outlook
Express (OE) by starting it up and opening the 'HELP' menu. Here you
will find an option that says 'About Microsoft Outlook Express'. When
you click on this option a window will pop up with information on the
version. This is important to let your new version of OE know which
older version of the program it is importing files from.
The process of transferring your files and contacts from one OE to
another OE has two steps.
EXPORT of files and contacts from existing OE.
Open your OE and look under the File menu for the 'EXPORT' option.
Under this you will find options for Address book. Select it and
choose TEXT file (Comma Separated Values) for the 'Program or file
type' dialog. It will contain other entries. Then, select a name and
place for it (example, your desktop). The address book will get
exported to a file with the name you specified.
Under 'EXPORT' you will find another option for exporting Messages.
Proceed with the option and export your messages to a specific
location - a folder - on your computer.
-------- TRANSFER OF FILES & FOLDERS TO NEW COMPUTER ------
You will now have to transfer these files and folders to your other
computer by using floppies or writing a CDROM. Depending on the number
of messages and contacts, the files may be large. If you don't have a
CD writer on your old machine, we will look at other methods to do
IMPORT of files to OE 6
Importing the address book is easy - find the 'IMPORT' option under
the FILE menu and select 'OTHER ADDRESS BOOK'. You will find the type
Comma Separated Values (.csv) in the next window. Select this since
this is the type of file you have and point to the location of your
file form the old computer. Bingo! Your address book gets imported.
Importing messages will also require you to use the 'IMPORT' function
under the 'FILE' menu. Use this with 'messages' and it will lead you
to the next window which gives options for the type of program you
want to import from. Other versions of Outlook Express are present in
this list. (You will have found out which was the older version of OE
from which you have exported your files.) Selecting this and clicking
the 'next' button will lead you to another window that asks for the
whereabouts of your files. Hit the 'browse' button here and point to
the location of your folder where your old OE exported files reside.
This will lead you to yet another window that will ask you if you want
to import some or all the OE folders. Here you will find a list of
your folders (INBOX, DELETED ITEMS, etc.) that you exported from your
old OE (If all is okay till this point!). Just select all and you will
see your folders from the old OE in your new OE.
Please let me know if you have any problems in doing this procedure. I
will be glad to respond to any clarifications needed or explain to you
any alternative methods to get this done.
Also please let me know if you are running Windows XP on your new
computer and have the installation CD. There may be an alternative
process to do what you want if you experience any problems with the
procedure explained above.
Search strategy I really did not have to search the internet for
this because I have personally done this process a number of times.
This answer is from my own experience.