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
In this excerpt from
Answercast #15, I examine the kind of files created by Outlook and recommend
ways to open saved email files.
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Will the emails open with Outlook?
I’m not sure how you transferred to save the emails to a DVD. There are
several different approaches.
Transferring Outlook emails
Typically, my recommended approach for Outlook is to:
- Create a new PST file
- Drag and drop all of the emails that you want to save into that new PST
- Close it in Outlook
- Then copy the PST or burn the PST that you just created to a DVD.
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
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.
Try it with Outlook
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.