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If you need to switch hardware or re-install Windows Live Mail, it’s a good idea to first export everything, make the change, and then re-import everything. This is commonly known as a backup and restore.
If you’ve added email accounts to Windows Live Mail, most of these accounts automatically save your messages and will sync them when you add the account again.
If exporting your mail, create a new folder in the location of your choice. Messages must be exported to an empty folder.
Calendar items cannot be backed up. However, if you sign in with a Windows Live ID, then your calendar will be synced with http://calendar.live.com.
If you sign in with a Windows Live ID, your contacts will sync automatically. If you don’t sign in with a Windows Live ID, then your contacts must be manually exported and re-imported.
If you have a POP3 account, check the Advanced tab in Properties to see if messages are removed from the POP3 server. If they are and you plan to uninstall or remove that account from Windows Live Mail, you should manually export and re-import your messages.
If you are using a program like Windows Easy Transfer, make sure you include your newly created folders in your backup. Details on using Windows Easy Transfer can be found here.
If importing multiple contacts, it is better to use .csv. Importing .vcf files needs to be done one at a time.
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as the export format, and then click Next.
Click Browse and browse to where you want to store the messages. Verify that the folder is empty.
Select the message folders that you want to export, and then click Next. You will get a confirmation that the messages were successfully exported. Click Finish.
Click Export on the ribbon.
Select a file format in the drop-down menu.
If exporting multiple contacts, select .csv.
If exporting only one or two contacts, select .vcf.
Click Browse and select where to save your contacts.
Enter a file name and then click Save.
Click Next, and then select the check boxes next to the fields that you want to export. Only selected fields are exported, so make sure to select everything you might want later.
Select the appropriate file format and then click Next. (Options include Microsoft Outlook Express 6, Windows Live Mail, and Windows Mail.)
Click Browse and select the folder containing your exported messages, and then click Next. You can choose to import all the folders or only specific folders.
Click Next. You will get a message confirming the file format used and that the import was successful.
Click Finish. You can find the imported messages in the left pane, in a folder named Storage folders.
Click Import on the ribbon.
Select the file format that matches your exported contacts (.csv or .vcf).
Click Browse and then select the folder containing your exported contacts.
Click Next and select the check boxes next to the fields that you want to import.
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