Importing Email Account Settings From Windows Live

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When Windows Mail gains the "Live" moniker, you need not lose your old emails.

Importing Windows Mail folders and the messages therein is easy in Windows Live Mail, and you can copy your email account settings, too.

Import Mail and Account Settings from Windows Mail in Windows Live Mail

To import your Windows Mail email accounts, folders and messages in Windows Live Mail:

  • Start Windows Mail.
  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu.
  • Highlight the desired email account.
  • Click Export...
  • Click Save to export the settings to a .iaf file named after the account in your Documents folder. Choose a network drive or portable medium to transfer settings from one computer to another.
  • Close Windows Mail.
  • Open Windows Live Mail.
  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu.​ You may have to hold down the Alt key to see the menu.
  • Click Import...
  • Highlight the .iaf file you just saved in Windows Mail.
  • Click Open.
  • Click Close.
  • Now select File | Import | Messages... from the menu.
  • Make sure Windows Mail is selected.
  • Click Next >.
  • Click Next > again. To import mail from another computer, copy the entire Windows Mail store folder first and use the Browse... button to find it.
  • Choose specific folders to import under Select folders: or leave All folders selected to import all Windows Mail messages.
  • Click Next >.
  • Click Finish. The imported mail will appear under Storage folders in the Windows Live Mail folder list.


Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail are no longer supported by Microsoft. If you have the option, upgrade to the Mail app in Windows 10, use Microsoft Outlook or for messages, instead.

WLM reached end-of-life and is no longer supported as of January 2017.