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Need to open msg files

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by Whiteninja89, Dec 23, 2009.

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  1. Whiteninja89

    Whiteninja89 Thread Starter

    May 10, 2004
    I was given a usb stick with emails saved in msg format. I need to convert these into something readable like txt or doc. Im using windows 7 and heard that outlook has been replaced by windows live mail which cant open these files. I dont have a copy of office to try this anyway. Nor can I find outlook express (I heard it wont even work in vista/win7)

    Ive tried googling but all I get are shareware/payware junk. Opening up these files in notepad gives me jibberish. Is there any other way I can open these up?

    Also I tried using encrytpomatic message viewer, but the lite version cannot convert the files. The pro version forces you to give a bunch of information (for a trial download? come on!) and my gmail addy wont work. So Im really in a bind here.

    There was also a previous similar thread here that linked to some confusing programming stuff but I couldnt really make out any of it.
  2. VistaRookie


    Apr 26, 2008
    Where to start?
    First, MS Outlook has always been a program that you purchase.
    It hasn't been replaced by Windows Live Mail. WLM is a free
    MS desktop email client. WLM will run on XP, Vista or Win7.
    MS Outlook will run on XP, Vista, Win7.

    Outlook Express cannot run on anything newer than XP.
    Windows Mail comes installed on Vista.
    Windows 7 does not come with any email client. You must
    download and install what you want.

    So, if you decide to install MS Outlook, then your problem should
    be solved. The .msg format is native to Outlook.

    Check Google, you might find a free program to convert the two
    formats. Here is a link to a paid version.
    EML and MSG Converter outlookEMLandMSGconverter :
    BitDaddys.COM Products Page:
  3. ilbarolo


    Jan 22, 2010
    I have the same problem. Sorry vistarookies, but your reply basically "go and buy outlook" not very useful.
    Let me recapitulate:
    - outlook express was free in xp and capable of reading msg files
    - outlook express can't run under w7
    - livemail is free in w7 but can't read msg files
    QUESTION: does anybody know a free solution to read msg files under w7? (ie without buying outlook).
    thank you!!
  4. VistaRookie


    Apr 26, 2008
    Welcome to TSG​

    You should always start your own thread. The OP was confused
    about several points and I hoped to help him understand what was

    I don't use Win7 or Windows Live Mail or Ms Outlook, so you will
    need to get advice from someone else that might be able to provide
    those details.

    I don't think my basic advice was to go out and buy Outlook, but
    that is one choice. Shareware was another. There might be some
    freeware - I am not going to spend hours trying to find it though.

    If you can use OE to read the msg files. Windows Live Mail will import
    all of OE.
  5. VistaRookie


    Apr 26, 2008
    Additional information...

    If you have access to Vista, Windows Mail can import .msg files
    and if you want, Windows Mail can be made to work in Win7.
    It is not an official choice from Microsoft but it can be made to

    Can't tell for sure if this program will read .msg files that are archived
    outside of MS Outlook - but it is freeware. You might want to give it
    a try. Not positive if it runs on Win7.
    An e-mail and news client with a powerful message search system:

    Check this web page, couple of programs. The only place it says
    the license is shareware is when you click to download. However,
    there is no mention of any price that I see. The title of the page
    says "Free" - not sure they run on Win7 - worth a try to check them

    Free Msg Viewer Free Downloads: Message Viewer Lite (.msg .eml)
    by Encryptomatic LLC, MSG to EML Converter by MSG to EML
    Converter and More:

    Try Universal Viewer - Free.
    1. download this app,

    2. download this plugin:

    3. configure viewer for your needs.

    The Viewer for MS Outlook Messages
    allows you to read/convert the msg-files and can be run without
    any install. According to one user, while the program is for sale,
    during the trial, most msg-messages will be opened without

    Viewer for MS Outlook Messages:

    Here is a program that only costs $15. One review. Claims won't do
    anything with attachments. Doesn't show it works on Win7.

    CNET Download.com:
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