Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to transfer your Thunderbird email messages into Windows Live Email. Unfortunately, Windows Live Email only lets you import from Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, or Outlook Express. According to their Help Center, you are unable to import from any other mail programs. But of course I couldn’t let a little ‘no’ stop me – I saw it as a challenge and figured out a way to do it anyway. I hope this is able to help you!
Start in Thunderbird
1. Download an extension for Thunderbird called ImportExport Tools: http://nic-nac-project.de/~kaosmos/mboximport-en.html
2. Install the extension into Thunderbird:
- In Thunderbird, click Tools, then Add-ons.
- When the Add-ons box opens, click Install…
- Go to where you saved the extension, click it, then click Open.
3. Once it is installed, you will need to export individual emails.
- Click open the folder that contains the emails you want to export.
- Click Tools from the top menu, and you will see ImportExport Tool listed. Highlight the arrow and the drop down menu will give you some choices. Choose “Export all messages in the folder,” then select “EML format.
- Choose a location where you will be able to easily find them again. The easiest thing to do may be to make a new folder on your desktop.
Transfer the Files
1. You will first need to find out where on your computer Windows Live stores your email messages.
- Windows 7 the path is: C:\Users\your-user-name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail
- Windows XP the path is: C:\Documents and Settings\your-user-name\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\
Hint: If you do not see the AppData folder, you’ll need to change your settings to show all hidden folders and files.
2. Open 2 windows on your computer:
- The first window will be open to your Windows Live Mail folders.
- The second window will be open to the Thunderbird folder you created on your Desktop.
3. Drag and Drop the files from the Thunderbird folder into the Windows Live Mail folders. You can either put the emails into your Inbox folder, or you can create a new folder for the transferred emails.
- Open Windows Live Mail fresh and you will see your newly transferred files!
I hope that helps and saves you a lot of time and frustration!