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How To Backup Windows Live Mail [Step By Step] 2022

How to Backup Windows Live Mail?

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If you are looking for a way to back up your Windows Live Mail messages and restore them to the same computer, you have come to the right place. In this guide, you will learn to easily back up your important emails in Windows Live Mail and access them whenever you wish to. To know how to backup your Windows Live Mail, go through the information provided below.

Guide to Backup Windows Live Mail

NOTE: The below-mentioned steps are ideal for Windows 7 users. Even if you are upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7, you should be able to back your Windows Live Mail easily.

  1. To begin with, you will first need to open the mail section and click on the down-arrow icon located in the upper-left corner of the window.
  2. Next, you will need to select the Export Email option, select Email Messages, and then click on the Windows Live Mail
  3. In this step, you will need to select where you wish the backup to go. So, you will need to create another folder inside your backup drive folder for this entire backup and give it a suitable title.
  4. Then, you will need to go to the address book (Contact list) section of your Windows Live Mail program.
  5. Once you are in the Contact section, you will need to find the Export icon located on the top towards the right section. Here, you will need to choose “comma separated values”.
  6. After that, you will need to click on the browse button and go to your external hard drive folder for this backup and create one more folder with a suitable name.
  7. Now, on the next screen, you will need to select which data elements to backup and which to avoid. If you wish to backup everything, you will need to select all.

As Windows Live Mail (WLM) is known for setting itself up in a very inconvenient location, there is no doubt that a user would want to move it to a more accessible location on their hard drive. Once you move it, you will never have to perform this task again. This way you will be able to make backing up the folder of your Windows Live Mail a regular part of your backup procedure.

To Move the Folder:

  1. Open Windows Live Mail on your computer, click on the little blue rectangle with the arrow icon on it located on the upper-left of the window.
  2. Next, you will need to go to Options > Mail > Advanced tab > Maintenance > Store
  3. Then, you will need to click on the Change This will pop-up a navigation list of your hard drive. Now, you will need to go to the C: line by clicking once on it.
  4. After that, you will need to click on the Make new folder option, enter your name followed by the word mail and click OK (twice) to save the changes.
  5. Finally, you will need to close all the open windows and exit from your Windows Live Mail program.

Now, when you will open the Windows Live Mail the next time, it would take a bit longer than usual as this is when it is going to move your mail folder.

NOTE: The main reason for doing this is that whenever in the future you will follow the back-up procedure as suggested above, you will also be able to back up that Mail folder to your external hard drive.  This configuration will be quite useful if ever your system needs to be re-built, the re-builder will be able to easily copy that Mail folder to the right place in your “new” system along with all your emails, contacts, calendars, etc.

Once Windows gets re-built and everything is working, you will need to download Windows Live Mail from a trusted source. According to many users, it is suggested that the WLM 2011 version works better than 2012 one.  One of the main advantages of using WLM 2011 is that Groups do not work in 2012. In case you don’t use groups, you can then consider downloading WLM 2012 from the Microsoft site.

  1. Start by opening your newly installed WLM and ignore all messages you see on your screen.
  2. Now, you will need to click on the small arrow icon located on the top-left section and select Options> Mail
  3. In the Mail section, you will need to go to the Advanced tab > Maintenance > Store
  4. Using your mouse, you will need to select the entire content shown in that window and copy it by pressing the Ctrl+C keys on your keyboard. Then, close WLM.
  5. Now, you will need to go to the location you just copied by pasting (Ctrl + V) it into the text box located above the Start
  6. Once you are on the location, you will need to delete all the contents of this folder (but not the folder.
  7. Next, you will need to copy (CTRL + C )the content (not the folder) of your backed-up WLM, and paste (CTRL+V) it into the folder you just deleted the contents from.
  8. Then, you will need to start your Windows Live Mail program. You will find everything back just the way as you had it earlier.
  9. After that, type indexing options into the provided field above the start globe, click on the Modify option and add your new Windows Live Mail folder.
  10. Finally, use the “move” procedure as suggested above on your new or newly re-built system.

So, these are the steps you will need to follow to backup your Windows Live Mail & You can also speak with experts by dialing Windows live mail customer support service helpline number which is toll free.

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