Windows 8 - since previous import of old emails from Outlook Express

My old computer with XP died and my other uses Windows 8, and I am on a steep learning curve.  I had saved my email on a portable hard drive, and it is stored as .dbx files.   Y at - it an equivalent of Outlook Express in Windows 8, and/or sort I can download these files in order to access all my old messages (in and out) and email addresses.  Help!

As you know by now, my colleague has given you a bit of a "bum steer", Hazel.

While you can not import Outlook Express (OE) in the Mail of Win8 application data, you may be able to import the data to backup OE (DBX files) in Windows Live Mail (2011 or 2012) as long as the backup contains a file named RECORDS. DBX. Assuming that to do this, follow these steps:

1 download/install Windows [Live] Essentials 2012 via this page-online http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-live/essentials-home

NOTE: When you install either version, there is an option to install only the applications that you want (for example, Windows Live Mail;) Windows/Movie Maker photo gallery) or the entire suite (includes also Windows Writer, SkyOneDrive, etc..).

2. Once you've got Windows Live Mail installed, create a new folder on the desktop (call, for example, the DBX FILES for convenience) & place a copy of your DBX backup set (i.e., all your files DBX including RECORDS.) DBX !!) in this folder.

3 VERY IMPORTANT! => open the folder that you created in step 2 above. Select all the [CTRL + A] as all the DBX files are highlighted. Right click on the folder group. Select PROPERTIES and uncheck the READ ONLY box (assuming that this is already done).

4. open Windows Live Mail & run the hotkey ALT + F | Select import messages. Microsoft Outlook Express 6 and point the Import Wizard to the folder created in step 2 above & click OK

The imported data (files) will be located as subfolders in Windows Live Mail imported files as shown in the figure below:

Once your OE messages were imported, they can (a) stay at this place, (b) be moved folder to created by the user in the storage of files (by the above illustration) or (c) be moved to a folder created by the user in an e-mail account (other than a Hotmail account) you set up in Windows Live Mail (i.e., to access your new messages).

[By designed, Windows Live Mail creates a folder structure for each email account unique. or moved to the folder created by the user in the storage files.]

To get instructions on the practice (b) or (c) above, see the bottom half of the blog post from my colleague of Windows Live Mail MVP most of what precedes is based (if not shamelessly copy/paste)-online http://liveunplugged.wordpress.com/2008/05/24/migrating-messages-in-accounts-from-outlook-express-to-windows-live-mail/

[Actually, I'm going to ask him to review/critique my answer in case I may have made a blunder!]

Go away, you will find support for Windows Live Mail in these forums: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windowslive/forum/livemail

Good luck!

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