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Different Ways to Import DBX File into MS Outlook (2007/2010/2013) or Office 365

Published on 31 January 17
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Summary – This tutorial explains the different methods by which you can import the DBX file to MS Outlook 2013, 2010, and 2007, and as well as Office 365.


Importing DBX file into MS Outlook implies moving the data file from Outlook Express email client to Outlook PST files. The reason being, Outlook Express stores all its data in DBX whereas Outlook stores all its data items in PST files. Now, there could be different manual and tool-based methods that you can follow to import DBX file to MS Outlook. For a free-of-cost method, you can follow the 3-step process as explained below.


DBX File Import into MS Outlook

The process to import the Outlook Express DBX file into MS Outlook is broadly categorized into three steps which are as follows:

  1. Export Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail
  2. Import the Outlook Express data file into Windows Live Mail
  3. Import Windows Live Mail to Outlook

Note – Before you start the process, download and configure Windows Live Mail program on your Windows system if you do not have it. The program is available in Windows Vista by default. You can easily do this if you have Internet connection on your system.

Here, a step-by-step instruction of the process to import the Outlook Express DBX file into MS Outlook has been mentioned. You should execute the following to fulfil the purpose successfully.

Step 1: Export Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail

a) The first and foremost step is to export Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail which are as follows:

i. Click the Start button and then Control Panel. Next, click Appearance and Themes, and then click on Folder Options. With this, the Folder Options window appears.

ii. In the Folder Options window, click the View tab. Then, under Hidden files and folders, you should check the Show files, folders, and drives option.

Note: You have to perform the steps mentioned above as by default, the folder containing Outlook Express messages is a ‘hidden folder’ in Windows; and, to view this hidden folder, you will have to follow these steps.

iii. The next step is to locate the Outlook Express folder. In Windows XP that comes with Outlook Express email client, its location is as follows:

C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{12345678-1234-ABCD-EFGH-1234567890AB}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

iv. Next, after locating the Outlook Express folder, copy it to any other Windows Vista, 7, 8, or 10 system.

Step 2: Import the Outlook Express data file into Windows Live Mail

b) Once done, execute the steps below to import the Outlook Express data file into Windows Live Mail

i. Click on the button Start >> All Programs >> Windows Live Mail to launch Windows Live Mail program on your system

ii. Next, in Windows Live Mail, click on the File menu >> Import messages as shown below:


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iii. Next, the Windows Live Mail Import window will open; here, select the Microsoft Outlook Express 6 option and click on the Next tab as displayed in the image below:

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iv. The Import mail from an OE6 store directory box is selected by default. However, if it is not so then you have to select it manually. Next, click the Browse tab to locate the Outlook Express folder you copied earlier from Windows XP system. You can select it by clicking on it once. Thereafter, click the Next tab to proceed as displayed in the image below:


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