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Solved: Thunderbird to Outlook Express

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by SilverSurf, Feb 18, 2015.

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  1. SilverSurf

    SilverSurf Thread Starter

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    Hello All

    Have been using Thunderbird as my mail program for a few months. I now want to go back to Outlook Express. How do I go about moving all information from Thunderbird to Outlook Express?


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  2. airborne17

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    Well Silver I will throw in my towel for what it is worth.

    Outlook Express is a very old system, bordering on ancient. I use it regularly for a few Emails which I consider exclusive, OE has never given one iota of trouble in over 12 years. I would never use OE for reasonable volume traffic, it is far too old.

    I would suggest you forget importing Thunderbird files to OE. The process is a minefield. There are botched up programs available on the web for doing such an import, but on reading the write-up, it looks like a bundle of trouble and complicated messing about. Me ? No thanks.

    I have two Gmail accounts - one alias and one real (you can have more) and use Gmail for any serious messages. Gmail is perfect and bang up-to-date with modern developments - you can`t beat Google for being on top of their game. Gmail also hides your IP from the recipient as it uses Google proxies.

    Then I have Microsoft's Outlook.com, 5 accounts - 4 alias and 1 real. This system is also perfect with all the modern trappings attached.

    You can have all the multiple accounts real if you like, with name variations to serve different purposes.

    I also have Yahoo. not bad, but I do not use it much, it seems sluggish and not all that friendly. I do not recommend Yahoo, I find it an irritating program bombarded with ads and Yahoo mails of no interest. Bit of a nuisance.

    And I have Thunderbird. This is good and up-to-date with all you need in todays world. I used TB for several months with absolutely no problems. In fact I like it very much.

    So my advice is - Forget this TB to OE importing. It will only end up in tears. In fact forget OE, it is an antique.

    I recommend the following in order of preference :
    1. Gmail - Google - excellent.
    2. Outlook.com - Microsoft - very good.
    3. Thunderbird.- very good.

    There is not much to choose between Outlook.com and Thunderbird, I just prefer Outlook.com by a slim decider.

    They are all freebies and all work superbly.
     
  3. SilverSurf

    SilverSurf Thread Starter

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    Hello airborne17

    Thank you for a very detailed reply. Have been looking around the Internet, and as you rightly say "it looks like a bundle of trouble and complicated messing about". Have decided not to use Outlook Express, and Thunderbird just doesn't do what I want, so I am going with Outlook. Thanks again.


    Regards SilverSurf
     
  4. airborne17

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    As I said, I have Outlook.com which is slightly different to Outlook. I think Outlook needs you to have the MS Office system installed and I do not have it. The two programs must be very similar in style and technique..

    With my Outlook.com you can have about 8 different accounts with a few clicks of the mouse. Its easy.

    If all these accounts are under your own name e.g John 1, John 2, John 3 etc. then your account name can be your own name. The same account name applies to every address.

    This is ridiculous if you want alias`s. No point in having several alias Email addresses with the same account name printed on the sent emails, especially if it is your own name.

    To get over this, I have entered my account name as Sent Message, then it at least makes sense.
     
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