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When transferring emails from Outlook to use on another computer, it's important to create files that can be read by the new computer.
I left a job recently where I had Windows XP and Microsoft Outlook on my laptop. I transferred, to save, some of my Outlook emails to a DVD when I left. But my personal laptop runs Windows 7 Home Premium's 64 bit and Windows Live mail. And when I insert the DVD, it only shows the folders that I saved the emails in, but when I click on them, they won't open in Live Mail so I cannot read them. I tried using the import function but that didn't work either. Do I need to download Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 to be able to open and read these emails files?
In this excerpt from Answercast #15, I examine the kind of files created by Outlook and recommend ways to open saved email files.
I'm not sure how you transferred to save the emails to a DVD. There are several different approaches.
Typically, my recommended approach for Outlook is to:
Doing it that way definitely takes another copy of Outlook to open the PST and examine its contents.
I don't know what kind of file is created if you just drag and drop a message out of Outlook on to a file and on to a DVD or into Windows Explorer.
If it's a .eml file, then Windows Live mail should just be able to open that if you double-click on the .eml file. You won't necessarily be able to import it, but you'll at least be able to view the contents of the file.
My recommendation at this point (given that I don't exactly know what it is you have on the DVD and how you created it) would be to go ahead and grab a copy of Outlook 2010 (or even an older version; whatever version you had at work) and install that. At that point, you should be able to determine whether or not you can examine those files, those emails that you saved to DVD, and what it's then going to take.
It's possible even that you could use a trial version of Outlook; open those emails and potentially save them in a different format without necessarily having to purchase a full copy of Outlook.
I'm not sure on that, but it's something worth looking into.