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Why Windows Users Should Leave Outlook Express?

 This post describes Outlook Express DBX files and its storage location on hard drive. Other than this, it defines why users are switching email clients to Outlook from Outlook Express along with the manual procedure to convert DBX files to Outlook PST.


Outlook Express by Microsoft is the default emailing platform available with Windows XP. DBX is the proprietary file format of this email client.  All the data such as email messages and contacts are stored in DBX files. Outlook Express creates an individual DBX file for each folder. It stores all the files at a same location known as Root Directory.


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By default, the Outlook Express data files are stored at:

“C:\Windows\Application Data\Outlook Express\[GUID]”


“C:\Document and Settings\<User>\Local Setting\Application Data\Identities\
[GUID]\Microsoft\Outlook Express”


Leading causes to Leave Outlook Express Permanently?


With advancement in technology and introduction of a number of Operating Systems in the last decade, Microsoft has stopped support to Windows XP. This serves as a major reason that contributes to migration from DBX to Outlook PST along with several other reasons.

Reason #1:

This means that Windows XP is more vulnerable to malicious attacks and is no more protected. The step is taken by Microsoft for compelling users to switch to any of the latest versions such as Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Enhanced security features with support to different smart devices, the recent Windows OS versions have much more to offer to its vast audience. Higher user productivity with improved management capabilities are some of the reasons that insist users to migrate to Outlook PST from Outlook Express DBX mailboxes.


Reason #2:

Lack of functional features is another reason due to which users are switching email clients from DBX to PST. Outlook Express does not offer much to its users except emails and contacts. It lacks in advanced functional features and does not stand in competition with latest email apps such as MS Outlook that offers multiple features such as saving Calendar events, Notifications, Task management, Mail Scheduling, etc.


Reason #3:

Speed is another important factor that leads to less popularity of the DBX platform. Due to technological transitions, business activities have become more interactive and require a platform that has the capability to communicate faster. Since Microsoft Outlook leads the competition and is used widely at personal and professional scale, Outlook Express has become redundant with the change in time.



After 12 long years, Microsoft has stopped providing technical assistance and security updates to Windows XP w.e.f. April 8th, 2014.
Why is Windows Outlook the Best Alternative?
 Outlook comes with many advanced features that make personal as well as business communication efficient. Scheduling, notes, journals, calendars are effective features that makes the Outlook app more scalable among worldwide users.
 The quickly executed operations make the app reliable and trustworthy among small, medium and large scale organizations. The speed at which Outlook sends and receives data is much higher than Outlook Express.
 PST file is the data repository for Outlook, all mailbox data is stored to this file format in all the versions of the application.
All the above mentioned reasons make Outlook worth experiencing in comparison to Outlook Express.

Now the question is “how to migrate Outlook Express DBX to Outlook PST?”
In order to convert Outlook Express files to Outlook PST, it requires splitting the entire conversion procedure into three major categories:
 Unhide the hidden folders from Folders Option
 Export Outlook Express data files to Windows Live Mail
 Import Windows Live Mail data to Outlook PST



Step#1: Unhide Hidden Files and Folders

It is recommended to enable ‘Show hidden files and folders’ option to access the extension of DBX files. To enable the feature:
1. Open My Computer and then select Tools from the menu bar
2. Click on the Folder Options from the drop down list
3. From the then appeared Folder Options window, tick mark the checkbox associated to ‘Show all Folders’
4. Next, click on View tab and then ‘Show hidden files, folders and drives’ option
5. Now copy the DBX files to Windows 7/ 8 or Vista



Step# 2: Import Outlook Express DBX Files to Windows Live Mail

1. Open Windows Live Mail on the machine
2. Go to Start menu and then click on All Programs and then select Windows Mail
3. Next, click on File menu and then select Import and Export
4. Next, click on Import from another program or files
5. Next select Outlook Express 4.x, 5.x, 6.x or Windows Mail
6. Click on Browse and locate the folder which was copied earlier on system
7. Click on Next button and then click on Yes in the then appeared message box
8. Either select the selected folders or All folders and click on Next



Step# 3: Export Data from Windows Live Mail to MS Outlook PST

1. Launch Microsoft Outlook and Windows Live Mail on same machine.
2. Click on File menu and then click on Import and Export.
3. Next, select the Email messages.
4. In Choose an action to perform window, select Export to a file.
5. Select Microsoft Exchange as format and click on Next.
6. Next, wait for a message that says “All emails will be exported to Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange” and click on OK button to continue import procedure.
7. Then select particular folders to import to PST such as Inbox.
8. In the then appeared Export to a file window, click on appropriate option by checking the checkboxes and then click on Finish button.

Final Verdict:
For easier migration, commercial conversion tools can be used to migrate Outlook Express DBX files to Outlook PST. Other than Personal Storage Tables (PST), the professional conversion medium allows to save data in multiple file formats such as EML, MSG, PDF, RTF and HTML.
If you are interested in initiating email conversion process through the automated method then download a free demo of Stellar DBX to PST Converter software from:


This is a guest post by Martin Hoff of Stellar Data Recovery.

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