How to Transfer Windows Live Mail Emails into Outlook PST Smoothly?


Both Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail store all outgoing and incoming emails of mailbox in EML format. EML files contain unformatted or plain texts of the email users. Despite the fact that EML file is associated mostly with Windows Live Mail, there are several other email clients like Outlook Express, Outlook 2010, Eudora, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Outlook 2011 also support EML format to store emails.

Outlook Express is a default email client for Windows operating system and it is connected with Internet Explorer. It stores all your attachments, emails, and mailbox details in DBX file format. It can also access Windows Live Mail’s EML files or from other email clients.

Microsoft Outlook is also an email client that comes under service pack of Microsoft Office. It stores all the emails, attachments, contacts, tasks etc. of the users in PST format. MS Outlook 2007 and later versions also allow access EML files and read their plain text messages.


Mozilla Thunderbird is also an email platform and an open source application designed by Mozilla Corporation. This application saves mailbox items in MBX format and it comes for Mac, Windows and Linux OS. Mozilla Thunderbird can open email metadata and emails of Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail accounts. But there are different limitations with EML files.

  • Formatted contacts and emails are not supported by EML file
  • Only one text message of an account can be stored in an EML file
  • It holds only unformatted and plain text messages of Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail account

Because of certain limitations in EML file, most of the users decide to switch to other email platforms like MS Outlook. You also can move your EML file into MS Exchange or MS Outlook with these easy steps –

  • Open Windows Live Mail
  • Click “File” option in Mailbox windows
  • After choosing the option Email Messages, proceed to next option.
  • Select MS Exchange and proceed.
  • It will show a dialog box asking if you want to export all the mailbox items to MS Exchange or MS Outlook.
  • Click on “OK” to confirm exporting all the emails from Windows Live Mail to MS Outlook.
  • Now click “Finish” once emails are exported successfully.

Windows Live Mail account can also be migrated to MS Outlook directly with Outlook 2010’s Import-Export wizard –

  • Open Outlook 2010 application
  • Now go to “File” menu and choose “Open” option
  • On Import wizard, right click
  • Now you have to import data from another program or file. You can do it with Import wizard.
  • Now select your preferred platform - Windows Mail or Outlook Express 5.x, 6.x, or 4.x and click on Next.
  • All Windows Live Mail or Outlook Express files will be imported into MS Outlook.

However, performing EML to PST migration is not a feasible step, particularly when you want to transfer several EML files or an entire Windows Live Mail account into MS Outlook. Instead, you should use a professional EML to PST converter utility to perform bulk EML to PST conversion.

Regain EML to PST Converter is a professional utility to move all the EML/EMLX files into MS Outlook. All the EML/EMLX files of your computer will be converted into PST file format with various filter options like To, Date, From, Subject etc. The converted EML/EMLX items are also added to existing or new PST data with EML to PST Converter.