I had a client over the weekend that had a computer crash which required a new computer to be configured and old data imported. The old computer was Windows XP and the new computer was Windows 7 so one of the things to import was Outlook Express email into the new Windows 7 Windows Live Mail. The directions below will assist in importing the Outlook Express .DBX files into Windows Live Mail.
A client of mine still has a computer running Microsoft Outlook Express and they wanted me to import the address book contacts into their Yahoo Mail account. At first I was a little worried that Yahoo Mail may no longer support the format of Outlook Express address book contacts but then I remembered that you can export contacts into a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file which means I could manipulate the data if it was not supported. Yahoo Mail says that it supports import from Outlook but it doesn’t specify Outlook Express. I assume the format between Outlook and Outlook Express must be similar because Yahoo Mail did import the exported contacts from Outlook Express. Below I describe how to export Outlook Express contacts and then import those contacts into Yahoo Mail. Follow the instructions below that are broken into two parts which include exporting the contacts using Outlook Express and then importing the contacts using the Yahoo Mail web interface.
A client of mine that still uses Outlook Express called me because they were unable to receive mail on one of their PC’s. After a little troubleshooting I determined that there was nothing wrong with the account itself but it appeared the issue was on the computer. The specific error they were receiving is below.
Error:An unkown error has occurred. Account: ‘mail.example.com’, Server: ‘mail.example’, Protocol: POP3, Port: 110, Secure(SSL): No, Error Number: 0x800C0133
After switching your ISP(Internet Service Provider) your email accounts seem to no longer be functioning. Typically this is caused by the outgoing (SMTP) mail server not being accepted from the new Internet providers network. This is normal and one of the main tools that ISP’s use to fight Spam e-mails. They do not allow people not on their network to send email using there email servers. Follow the steps below to change your outbound mail server to your new provider so you can still use the email account from your old Internet provider.
One bit of information you will need before you begin is the SMTP server of your new provider. You can either look this up on the Internet or you can call your new providers technical support and they should be able to provide it to you.
Importing contacts from Outlook Express into ICDSoft’s webmail is easy. First you need to export the contacts from Outlook Express’s address book. Follow the first set of instructions below.
- Open Address Book: Open up Outlook Express and click on the Address Book.
- Start the Export: Click File, then click Export, and choose the type of export as Other Address Book.