Transfer Email From Outlook Express To Outlook 2007

This guide takes you through transferring email from Outlook Express to Outlook 2007.





Moving email from outlook express to outlook 2007 is not obvious - as you may have already discovered. In fact, Outlook Express and Outlook have nothing to do with each other - except similar names!  Seeing how many people struggle with this problem (you can tell by looking at how many pages of questions there are on some of the forums) we decided to write a specific guide that shows you precisely how to get your Outlook Express email moved to your Outlook 2007 email client. 

It's set out with screen shots specific to each menu so there's no guesswork. You can click on the book cover to see a sample page.

We have spent a lot of time working out exactly how to do this, testing it and writing it up in this way so that you can get through the process as quickly as possible. You start on page one, follow the steps as outlined in the guide and by the end of it your email has been transferred.


From Outlook Express

From Outlook Express

To Outlook 2007

To Outlook 2007




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You will need the following:

  • A good internet connection or patience if you have a lot of emails!

  • Your old email client needs to be running, i.e. if you only have a backup of your Outlook Express emails but you don’t have access to the program this method will not work for you

  • The new email client needs to be installed

Note that the email clients can be on the same or on different computers. It does not make a difference.

How long does it take?

This largely depends on three factors:

  • The number of emails

  • The size of your attachments

  • Your internet connection speed

You should expect about 1 - 2 hours work in addition to the transfer time for your email.

A note on tranferring contacts

Transferring contacts can be a challenge.

Names and email addresses are pretty straight forward.

The work involved in transferring other fields from one type of address book to another varies a lot. Examples of other field types are home and business addresses, telephone numbers and the like. Most email clients provide some sort of mapping tool to map fields from an import file to the natively used format.

As a rule of thumb: the more exotic fields you have used the more work will be involved in mapping to your new address book.



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