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Exporting Hotmail messages from Outlook Express to Outlook 2000

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Viper, Sep 11, 2001.

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  1. Viper

    Viper Thread Starter

    Nov 5, 1999
    I mainly use Outlook 2000, however, in order to get a number of Hotmail messages onto my computer's HD, i synchronised Outlook Express with Hotmail. I now have messages from a folder I have on Hotmail on my hard drive too.

    A search revealed that this folder (and presumably all messages in it) is stored under C:\Windows\Application Data\Identities\{00B31680-0793-11D3-A398-C0610D677E39}\Microsoft\Outlook Express.

    I copied the .dbx file named hotmail - [folder name].dbx to my desktop. I went in to Outlook 2000 file>import blah blah blah, but it wont let me import .dbx files :(

    soooooo.....is there anyway to get my messages from hotmail from this specific folder into outlook 2000? i no longer need the folder in hotmail and will just delete it as soon as i have a permanent copy on my hard drive in outlook 2000. im assuming that since the dbx file is on my hard disk with all the messages (which i can read offline in outlook express) that i wont need to set up outlook 2000 for hotmail synchronisation ?!? :confused:
  2. Anne Troy

    Anne Troy

    Feb 14, 1999
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  3. dukster


    Feb 7, 2003
    Hi Viper -- After a long and harried attempt to get the workaround to work in Outlook 2000, (per slipstick and others) I had to give up, but found this rather unelegant, but workable, workaround (so that I could archive my OE files in Outlook).

    1. I set up a "Export to Outlook" in local folders in OE.
    2. Periodically, I move Hotmail files to this "Export" at the local folders level
    3. then use "export -- messages" to move these to Outlook 2K (selecting only that "export" file to export).
    4. This exports them to Outlook 2K, where I can archive them from the "Export to Outlook" folder which now appears in Outlook 2K and work with them or file them to my archives.

    As I said, it's not elegant, but as I am missing a service update in Outlook 2K and can't update until I clean out my drive and reinstall my software, the hack that MS lists (but doesn't support) hasn't worked for me.

    This does give me the opportunity to work with my archived files in Outlook 2K. I do most of my response work from OE on the day I receive them, then port old stuff out into Outlook to work with older email, as Outlook's organizational abilities are so much better. It does at least save me having to switch programs when working with older email, and I can still send from my main email in Outlook.

    Clumsy, but somewhat helpful.
  4. dukster


    Feb 7, 2003
    Once ported over to Outlook, I delete the contents of the "export to Outlook" file in OE.

    This prevents me from storing the messages two places, or exporting duplicates over. I keep all my archival email in Outlook, with few (and empty) dbxs in OE.

    In Outlook, I control-shift-v move them to better organized archival folders.

    One side-effect of this rather weird workaround is that it forces me to organize my inbox more frequently. :p, and I have pretty much ONLY fresh mail in my hotmail box.
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