Migrate Windows Live Mail to Outlook 2016 and 2013

Microsoft Outlook is one of the most popular and mostly used email client nowadays. After the discontinuation of Windows Live Mail, many people wanted to know the best way to Migrate Windows Live Mail to Outlook. So in this blog, We will discuss this in detail.

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As we know, Windows Live Mail uses EML file format to send the messages and Outlook uses PST file format to send the messages. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages but Outlook clearly gets an upper edge over the Windows Live Mail formats.

So let’s discuss why it is important to import Windows Live Mail to Outlook.

Importance to Migrate Windows Live Mail to Outlook

  • Outlook gives more advanced features with more security options.
  • Managing the mailbox of Outlook is easier as compared to Windows Live Mail.
  • Windows Live Mail is no longer supported by the Windows operating system and discontinued.
  • Microsoft Outlook allows you to work even in offline mode without the internet.
  • The outlook is more recognized for personal and professional use.
  • Outlook has a more user-friendly interface as compared to Windows Live Mail.

Also Read – Error 0x800ccc90 Windows Live Mail [Fixed]

Methods To Migrate Windows Live Mail to Outlook

Manual Method-Import export option

Before starting this make sure you have both Windows live mail and Outlook installed in the PC/Laptop. 

  1. Open Windows Live Mail and Outlook at the same time.
  2. Go to Windows Live Mail file tab >select “export email”> choose email messages.
  3. When the Export wizard opens choose Microsoft Exchange/Outlook, and the export message box will appear to click ok.
  4. Select the folder which you want to export to outlook and click ok
  5. After the exporting process is finished open the outlook and see your files that have migrated.

Note: You can also use this import export option in Outlook as well for Live Mail to Outlook transfer.

 Manual Method – Drag and drop option

  1. Open MS Outlook in your system
  2. Now go to EML files where they are located and select it.
  3. Create a new folder In Outlook client
  4. Now drag the selected EML file and drop it to the Outlook folder.

Note: In this method, Live mail to Outlook transfer of files can happen one at a time.


  • Data loss is very prevalent in this scenario
  • These methods require more time and effort as you may have to export step by step for files.
  • Attachments cant be exported every time.
  • Large files of EML and EMLX can be exported every time.

Professional automated method

Using a professional option is the best option that you can have as it is a tried and trusted method. It will offer more options and will let you export single as well as multiple files very easily. EML file Converter will smoothly convert EML files to PST and other formats like PDF, MBOX, HTML, JPG, OST, TXT, CSV, etc.

It can also Migrate files with attachments to various email clients like Gmail, Yahoo, Opera, Thunderbird, Office 365, etc.

Benefits of using EML file Converter

  • Date range filter option to filter out email files on the basis of a date range.
  • Naming convention feature to give a name in formats like Date, Subject_Date,  Date_Subject, etc to recognize the files easily.
  • Option to remove the duplicate emails based on To, From, Bcc, Subject, etc
  • Supports all Windows versions including Windows 10.
  • Option to add a custom folder name to locate the files easily.

Note: These methods are universally applicable to all outlook versions like outlook 2013 and 2016.


By using these methods one can easily migrate Windows live mail to outlook and solve their purpose. However, when it comes to practicality it would be best to stick to an automated method and not manually import Live Mail to Outlook. Follow these best ways and Windows Live mail transfer to Outlook will become easier.

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