How to import Windows Live Mail into EM Client

There are various write ups and information online about import WLM into EM Client or other softwares and they are all incorrect and result in failure, and now that Windows Live Mail will not even install anymore, it makes it even harder to do.

Luckily we have found a way mixing various techniques and adding our own polish. You can do this without installing WLM.

First copy your old WLM profile folder to the new machine and insert into same path under your new user.

x:\Users\your user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail
(your user = the username you logged in with)
(x: will be the drive letter of the hard drive you attach)
(make sure you copy the whole Windows Live Mail folder)


Registry Import

The registry hive for the current user is in the file called NTUSER.DAT in the user profile. In your case, that would be X:\Users\{user}\ where X: is the old drive. You can export that key using, Nirsoft's RegFileExport, then import it into your own current registry hive.

  1. Download RegFileExport and extract the zipped files.
  2. Copy regfileexport.exe to your documents folder (in your live user).
  3. Open an Administrator command window (in Windows 10: search for CMD and right click (run as Administrator)
  4. Type cd %userprofile%\documents and press Enter to make the documents folder the current one.
  5. Type, very carefully and all on one line,
    regfileexport "X:\Users\{user}\NTUSER.DAT" "Rules-key.txt" "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail"
    Changing X: to the drive letter of your old drive and {user} to the name of your user profile folder on that drive.
  6. Open the registry editor (regedit.exe) on that machine and use File > Import to import the key from the Rules-key.txt file.
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