Transfer MS Mail emails (old PC,Vista) to New PC (Win 11) Outlook (2021)?


zinc

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Before you laugh, I realize I'm late upgrading but at least I'm trying to do the right thing.

Is there any way I can move (transfer, export, whatever you call it) emails from my ancient PC Windows Mail program (~2009, Vista) to my new PC Win 11 Pro)? I'm probably going to use Outlook (the one that comes w/Office 2021 Home & Business).

If I CAN transfer those old emails I'd be open to a different email client other than Outlook.

Thank you
 

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Sure, you should be able to transfer your e-mail, but exactly how depends upon what you have now. For example, does your e-mail provider store your e-mails on their servers or is it all locally stored?

As an example, I have an OUTLOOK.COM e-mail address. All of my e-mails are stored on Microsoft servers. Because of this, I don't even have to move the e-mail. If I setup e-mail on a new system, it will have access to all my e-mail on the Microsoft servers.

However, I also have the option of either making a copy of the e-mail or moving it, to a local file. I do this with all my older e-mail. In that case, I simply need to copy that e-mail file to any new machine, or make a backup and restore it if I'm reinstalling Windows on my current machine.

This may vary depending upon who your provider is, but the point is simply that there should be an option to save your e-mail locally and restore it or even move it to another system, or it may already be located in the cloud in which case it would accessible without you having to make a copy or move it at all.
 

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zinc

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Thank you for your reply.
I have an ancient Road Runner account. The emails are stored locally in my Windows Mail directories; some quite old so most no longer on the RR server.

The emails are eml files. Outlook 2021 I believe uses pst files.

So I guess it comes down to finding a new email client that can read eml files or find a file converter (eml to pst).
 

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  • OS
    Vista, Win 11, Win 11 Pro (main PC)
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
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    CPU
    Intel i9-12900KF
    Motherboard
    ASUS Z690
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA T-600 x 2
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    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    300Mb down / 20Mb up
    Browser
    Chromium Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 21H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 15-BL012DX
    CPU
    Intel i7-7500U
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Dual Intel HD 620 and Nvidia GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Built-in Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4k 15-inch
    Screen Resolution
    4k (3840 x 2160)
    Hard Drives
    1TB Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD
    Internet Speed
    300Mb down / 20Mb up
    Browser
    Chromium Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    RAM Upgraded from 16GB to 32GB WiFi Upgraded from WiFi 5 to WiFi 6 SSD upgraded from 512GB NVMe SSD to 1TB Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD

zinc

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Cool. I'll play with it.

Thanks!
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Vista, Win 11, Win 11 Pro (main PC)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i9-12900KF
    Motherboard
    ASUS Z690
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA T-600 x 2
    Hard Drives
    2TB M.2 2280 NVMe x 2, 2TB SSD
    Cooling
    Liquid

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