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Andrew Wonser
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« on: February 18, 2014, 03:38:34 AM »

I need a mail client for a laptop my mom purchased. It has to be able to be used with no internet connection. She wants to import her old mail and contacts from windows live mail that was on their Win7 machine. The laptop is running Windows 8. The mail program that Win8 provides is purely web based and as such cannot import. Tried the new windows live mail that comes with essentials. That too is web based. Tried Thunderbird but it does not import Windows Live mail. Tried Claws Mail which also does not import Live Mail.

So again I need a free mail client that can run without an internet connection. That can import from a Windows Live Mail export (It created a bunch of folders and the file in each folder had a .fol extension). It needs to be user friendly as Mom is not tech savvy.

As an aside I freaking hate Windows 8. What a piece of garbage. I've been working on this machine for at least four hours just to get it updated and then this mail nonsense happened. I will never install it on anything I own.
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2014, 07:59:45 PM »

Did you try the thunderbird extension for importing messages?

https://support.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/kb/switching-thunderbird

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/importexporttools/
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2014, 11:07:49 PM »

I want to say that the addon didn't quite handle what I needed it to. Honestly cannot remember. Thanks for the reply though.

Did manage to solve the issue. I used my Win7 machine to download a copy of Live Mail (The version that is not always on) and transferred/installed that to the new laptop. For whatever reason when you try to download a copy with Win8 they really would prefer you use the always on version. I'm sure I could have tried a few other search words and eventually got it but after hours of updating and installing my patience was wearing thin.
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