I can't export messages from Win.Live Mail to Thunderbird

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I'm trying to move away from (the no longer supported) Windows Live Mail, and Thunderbird seems like it does everything I want. However, I want to transfer all my saved messages to Thunderbird, and have hit a wall.

The first step in the process per Thunderbird: "Export your messages from Windows Mail in .eml format." Well, they are already in .eml format... but if I try the "export" option in WLM, it gives me two choices: export to Windows Live Mail, or export to Microsoft Exchange/Outlook. I tried both (and the latter did nothing at all), but Thunderbird can't use the exported info from the first. So I can't even move on to step 2.

I posted on Thunderbird's community, but got no responses, and there don't seem to be other support options besides the community.

In the absence of an answer to this, can anyone recommend a non-web-based email program that will support several email addresses, and import my old emails? I'm even willing to pay for it!

Thanks, Carol


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The native Mail app I would assume would have been able to import the emails.

Have you tried the drag/drop or copy/paste also from WLM to Thunderbird?
 

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By "the native Mail app", do you mean the Microsoft one? It doesn't seem to store things locally, just uses the web.

I did try drag and drop, but I'm not sure where to put it (tried a couple). Thunderbird has folders in AppData under both local and roaming, and nothing in those places with names that correspond to the folders that have messages in them.
 
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