EML To PST Migration – How to Do It Manually?

Windows Live Mail and Outlook are the great email platforms for users provided by Microsoft. Both of these platforms support various formats. For example, Outlook support PST format and Windows Live Mail supports EML format. These formats have some pros and cons.

EML is a format which stores data as per MIME RC 822 Standard. Its basic structure is header which contains ASCII text and body which contains hyperlinks, text and attachment. Sometimes users want EML to PST migration due to some of the common problems like hardware or software failure, human errors, network errors and others. In this guide, we have compiled some of the manual methods of EML to PST migration.

Method 1
  • Launch Windows Live Mail and Outlook.
  • Click on File > Export > Email Messages in Windows Live Mail. Now choose Microsoft Exchange and Next.
  • Windows Live Mail Export tab will be opened. Now choose the format to export – Windows Live Mail or Microsoft Exchange. Choose Microsoft Exchange and hit Next button.
  • You will see the message regarding confirmation to export data from WLM to Outlook or Exchange. Click OK to confirm.
  • Then choose mail folders to export from Windows Live Mail. This way, choose either All Folders or Selected Folders. After making decision, click OK.
  • Once the process is finished, it will open an “Export Complete” box. Click on Finish button.
  • Once the process is completed, it will notify regarding successful export of your data. Check the data in MS Outlook.
Note – Your precious data is vulnerable to loss during the process. So, it is better to have backup of all emails first. It doesn’t work on some cases.
Method 2 – Import from EML to PST
  • Launch MS Outlook and go to File > Open > Import.
  • Choose Import from another File or Program. Click “Next” to continue.
  • Select Comma Separated Values and click “Next”.
  • Browse imported file and open it. It will show three options –
    • Allow creating duplicate file
    • Replace duplicate with imported items
    • Don’t import duplicate files
  • Choose any option and click on Next.
  • Choose path or folder to save important data and click Next button. Finish the process.

EML formats are supported by Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail and Outlook Express. So, you should know how to convert these files to MS Outlook.

Windows Live Mail to MS Outlook
  • First of all, copy/paste EML data into Windows Live Mail. Skip the step if EML files are configured or stored already in Windows Live Mail.
  • Find the file in C:\Users\windowsusername\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail.
  • Open Windows Live Mail and go through File > Export Email Messages > Microsoft Exchange. Click “OK” to continue.
  • Choose folders to export and click on “OK” button.
Windows Mail into MS Outlook

Before continuing these steps, make sure MS Exchange is set as default program with Outlook.

  • If Windows Mail don’t have EML files, save EML data into the following location – C:\Users\windowsusername\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail
  • Launch Windows Mail and go through File >Export > Messages
  • Go to “Microsoft Exchange” and click Next
  • Select folders to export and click on OK.
Outlook Express to Outlook
  • Open Outlook Express and choose all EML data to move. Drag all EML files and drop into Outlook Express.
  • Now go through File > Open & Export > Import and Export
  • Choose the option Import Internal Mail & Addresses.
  • Select Outlook Express. Then click on Next and Finish.

Follow any of these methods for EML to PST data migration. However, these methods take a lot of time and they are long haul process. Instead, you can try Regain EML to PST Converter. It is a quick and simple solution for EML to PST conversion. All you need to install the program and go through the simple steps.

But before buying the full version of Regain EML to PST converter, it is recommended to try free evaluation version to check the performance of the program and get the overview of the usage.