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Manual Tricks to Import OST to Windows Live Mail

Published By Nilesh Kumar
Debasish Pramanik
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Published On January 24th, 2024
Reading Time 5 Minutes Reading
Category Email Tips

Nowadays, many Outlook users are using OST data file for receiving or sending their crucial emails for Business purpose. Offline OST file can be accessed at any time even when the users are not connected to the server. Sometimes all users want to extract an OST file containing email messages, calendars, email address into another mail client. Moreover, offline OST files can be accessed only within MS Outlook application. However, Windows Live Mail as an Outlook Express successor. Basically, it means that the desktop users who want to import OST file to Windows Live Mail just like to access the saved emails in PST format with Windows Live Mail.

Considering the frequently observed query of the users as mentioned below:

“Sometimes every users have tried to update their OST files due to certain reasons, so they are not capable to load their all items directly. Therefore, the users need to extract their emails and offline data from OST to Window Live Mail without any fear of data loss.”

How To Import OST to Windows Live Mail ?

To import OST data to Windows Live Mail, firstly you need to convert OST offline data to PST  format after that  migrate PST email messages to EML by using Thunderbird. Now, for converting data various manual solutions are available. The users can select any of them and they are discussed below:

Step 1: Import OST File into Outlook

Approach#1: Export files to PST format

  • First, launch Outlook application on the Desktop
  • Then, select File tab and choose Import and Export option
  • Under the list, click on Export to file and then, press Next button
  • After that, the users must need to choose Personal File Folder (.pst) and click on Next button
  • Next, go to the Parent root and enable the Include sub-folders option
  • Finally, browse the selected folders and then, click on Finish

Approach#2: Archive Option to Move OST Data

  • Initially, the users need to start MS Outlook on the Computer System
  • Next, go to File option and click the Archive option
  • After that, select all the folders or files for archiving
  • Now, to save all the archived emails into PST, choose the desired location by clicking on browse option
  • Then, click on the Finish button

Transfer all data items from Outlook Offline file except contacts, by using this manual method.

Approach#3: Forwarding Emails

If users want to move only selected emails to a private email address then, follow these steps:

  • First of all, the users must have to choose the particular item that they want to keep it
  • Next, clicking right on the selected items and press on Forward button
  • In case of several items, drag them to one single folder and compressed them into Zip file
  • Finally, the user allows to forward each message to the another email address

Approach#4: Move Mailbox Items to new PST File

  • Firstly, Open Microsoft Outlook application
  • Now, the users must have to create the new PST file from an Outlook profile user
  • Then, drag each folder that user wants in a new .pst data file

With the help of all ways a user can easily convert OST data into PST and then, extract offline OST data items from OST file.

Step 2: Migrate PST Email Messages to EML by Using Thunderbird

Many users are capable to migrate PST email messages to EML by using Thunderbird. The users enable to open and view each .pst file in .eml format with Thunderbird by performing these several points:

  • Firstly, the users need to launch Thunderbird mail client and then, go to Tools and click on Import option
  • Then, the current window will ask them to proceed the process further, click on Import Everything and Press Next button
  • Under Import screen, choose Outlook option and then, click on Next button
  • Next, the screen will show the progress of importing and the users have to wait for few seconds until the process has been finished
  • Once a PST file has been imported then, select all the files, click right and go to save as option
  • Now, choose the particular folder to save the export file. Click on Select folder
  • In last, it can save multiple emails in EML file extension

After executing these two steps, first one is to import offline OST emails and second is to transfer PST file to EML type by using Thunderbird application. This application helps to begin the migration process from OST to Windows Live Mail in a quick manner. Also, the users can display the current status of the entire procedure. But a complete data import only depends on file size of OST which is imported from OST data to Windows Live Mail.

Final Words

Multiple users need to switch their mail client application from one platform to another due to various reasons. In this article, we have tried to cover multiple ways to access their important emails from OST to Windows Live Mail. As most of Outlook users need to import .ost data file to WLM, such steps could be helpful to export emails from OST to Windows Live Mail.


By Nilesh Kumar

As a Chief Technical Writer, I know the technical issues faced by home and professional users. So, I decided to share all my knowledge via this blog. I love to help you with challenges while dealing with technical jargon.