Export Contacts from Windows Live Mail to Outlook 2016

Sarthak Poswal
Sarthak Poswal

Updated On - June 4, 2024

Summary: Migration of data items like contacts from one email client to another can be a very hectic process if you lack in selecting suitable methods. This article will discuss how to export Windows Live Mail (WLM) contacts to Outlook 2016 email client using a manual method and import them to Outlook. Additionally, we will learn the functioning of Recoveryfix Converter for EML software to facilitate an accessible migration of email data if the manual method fails.

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Windows Live Mail (WLM) is a discontinued email client from Microsoft that throws errors frequently, even when executing daily email tasks. Regular errors and issues in WLM are forcing users to try another email client and migrate their data, such as contacts.
Outlook, another email client from Microsoft, is technically the successor of all past email clients from Microsoft. However, migration from WLM to Outlook is not very user-friendly, especially after Microsoft’s end of support for WLM.
Further sections of this blog will primarily focus on how to export Windows Live Mail contacts to Outlook 2016. We will perform the transfer of contacts with a manual approach utilizing WLM’s inbuilt export feature.

How to export Windows Live Mail contacts to Outlook 2016?

This section will dive into exporting contacts from Windows Live Mail and importing them to Outlook 2016. Follow and execute the steps carefully, any inexact steps will lead to data corruption or incomplete migration.
This section will have two parts, Part 1 will discuss how to export Windows Live Mail contacts and Part 2 will cover how to import the contacts in Outlook 2016.

Part 1. Exporting contacts from Windows Live Mail
  • Open WLM, and at the left-bottom navigation panel, select Contacts.
  • Select the contacts to export and click Export button, then click Comma separated values (.CSV)
  • Export Contacts from Windows Live Mail to Outlook 2016

  • Click Browse and define a path to save the .CSV file.
  • define a path to save the

  • Select the fields you wish to export and click Finish to initiate the export procedure.
  • Select the fields you wish to export

Part 2. Import .CSV file in Outlook
  • Open Outlook and click File from the menu.
  • Click Open & Export, then click Import/Export.
  • Choose Import from another program or file and click Next.
  • Select Comma Separated Values and click Next.
  • Click Browse and select the .CSV file to import. Click Next to proceed.
  • Select the destination folder and click Next.
  • Select the destination folder

  • Check the checkbox for the file to import and click Finish to start importing.
  • Check the checkbox for the file

What to do if you cannot access Windows Live Mail?

As we learned earlier, WLM is discontinued and often encounters accessibility issues. So, in case user is not able to access WLM to export the contacts the only possible solution is to find the EML file associated with the user account and import this EML file to Outlook. If you are unsure where your EML file is, the default location for Windows Live Mail EML file is given below, navigate to the path to access your EML file.

Default location for Windows Live Mail EML file:

AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail

Note: By default, the AppData folder is hidden for users, you have to enable view hidden files permission to access the folder.
For importing an EML file in Outlook efficiently you must first convert it to PST file. Migration of EML files without conversion can lead to data loss, compatibility issue, etc. You must use a robust tool to securely convert your EML file.

Recoveryfix Converter for EML is an advanced software with powerful algorithms to efficiently convert EML file containing contacts, emails, attachments, etc. Into PST format for easy integration with MS Outlook.

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Advantages of Converter for EML:
  • Seamlessly convert bulk EML, EMLX, OFT, or MSG files to PST, PDF, MHT, and other formats.
  • Ensures complete data integrity.
  • No file size limitations.
  • Intelligent filtering options for a more customized conversion.
  • Accessible user-interface.
  • Compatible with Windows and Mac OS.

Conclusion

To import contacts from Windows Live Mail to Outlook you need to export them as CSV file first like discussed above. But due to the ended support for WLM by Microsoft it throws errors frequently while executing basic operations due to which you might experience trouble while creating the CSV file of contacts. For a robust and straightforward migration of contacts from Windows Live Mail to Outlook 2016 you must utilize a professional tool such as Recoveryfix Converter for EML. This tool can effectively convert any EML file to PST while retaining the original message structure with attachments. Try the free trial version of the software to see if it meets your needs.

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