How to Move Outlook Express Emails and Address Book to Windows Outlook?

Outlook Express and Outlook both are popular email clients used by individuals and business users. MS Outlook is more popular among users and is a comprehensive manager that offers complete mailbox components like contacts, calendars, journals etc. Outlook being an updated email client is becoming more popular among users.

Many individuals and enterprises are switching from Outlook Express to Outlook email client due to the upgrade of Windows. Outlook Express client stores emails in DBX file format and Outlook stores emails in PST file format. DBX file cannot be directly opened in Outlook so DBX to PST Conversion is needed.

Why choose MS Outlook?

  • MS Outlook is a complete information manager that manages all contacts, calendars, journals, emails etc.
  • Outlook works speedily and Outlook Express works slower.
  • Outlook works with all updated editions of Windows.
  • Outlook provides 51 + best plugins to enjoy.

Techniques to transfer Outlook Express emails and contacts to Outlook

In this article, you will get various methods to move OE database to MS Outlook. Outlook Express emails are saved in DBX format and contacts are saved in .wab file format. A step by step process is discussed here to move Outlook Express emails and Address Book to MS Outlook.

Step by step process to migrate Outlook Express email messages into Outlook

The export process is summarized in the following stages –

  1. Exporting Outlook Express files
  2. Import Outlook Express DBX data to Windows Live Mail
  3. Exporting imported data from Windows Live Mail to Outlook

Exporting Outlook Express files

  1. To know the location of messages, go to Tools and then select options.
  2. In the options dialog box, go to Maintenance tab and click on store folder.
  3. You will find a path from Storage location
  4. Copy the path. Click Ok
  5. Exit Outlook Express and paste the location path in Windows Explorer address bar. Press Enter.
  6. This will open the actual location of DBX files.
  7. Copy OE folder including dbx files to Windows 7 in My computer folder.
  8. In case Outlook Express DBX files are copied to USB Drive, no need to move it to Windows 7 system.

Import OE emails into WLM client

To export emails from DBX to Outlook, you need to import emails to Windows Live Mail. Below are the steps –

  1. Download and install Windows Live Mail on Windows 7 system.
  2. Go to File menu and click on Import messages
  3. Select Import from Outlook Express 6 option
  4. Navigate to the folders that are copied from the old system
  5. Select folders to import to Windows Live Mail client and click on Import
  6. Click Next and close Import window.

Import Outlook Express Address Book in Windows Live Mail

  1. Open Windows Live Mail
  2. Go to File menu and then click on Import Windows Address Book to convert OE contacts to Windows Live Mail.
  3. Go to the location where .wab file is stored (C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book)
  4. Click close Import dialog box to complete the process.

Export imported data from Windows Live Mail client to Microsoft Outlook

Follow the steps to migrate imported data from WLM to MS Outlook –

  1. Open Windows Live Mail to export emails
  2. Go to File menu, click on Export and select messages
  3. Select Microsoft Exchange
  4. Select the folders that are being exported and close the Export wizard

To import contacts from Windows Live Mail to Outlook, export address book to CSV format which is easily imported to MS Outlook or you can convert contacts to VCF and later on easily drag & drop them to MS Outlook.

Alternate solution to convert Outlook Express DBX file to MS Outlook

If a user has large mailbox Outlook Express to convert into Outlook, the manual method can be quite lengthy and complicated. To avoid these issues, a user can go for the professional solution that is Softaken DBX to PST Converter which has the capacity to convert any large database to PST with some simple steps and quick working. The tool is designed with a simplified interface which makes it easy to handle by all users and provide speedy results with full precision.

Steps with Softaken DBX to PST Converter to export OE emails to Outlook

1. Firstly, download Softaken DBX to Outlook Converter software and install it properly.

2. Run the application and add DBX file using the Browse button.

browse file

3. Get the complete preview of Outlook Express emails.

preview dbx emails

4. Choose a file format to save like PST, EML, EMLX, MSG, and MBOX. To convert OE emails to Outlook, choose PST in Export Type. You can also select new PST file or existing PST file to store the resultant files.

5. Click on Browse button and set an output directory where the PST files will be saved. Finally, click on the Convert Now button to start the process.

Export and convert

Wrapping Up

Migration with manual solutions prove to be quite lengthy, complicated and time-consuming task therefore, our recommendation to users for migration of Outlook Express emails to PST will be professional solution which we have discussed completely in this article. It is a safe and simplified method for moving OE emails to Outlook. You can try a free version of the software and assure the working of the utility.