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Vista Business and XP

I have a Dell Inspiron 6400 with T5500 - 1.66GHz, 3 GB RAM. The OS is Vista Business and the machine runs very slow. The vista has been upgraded too, the hard disk has been defragged,the display setting is also changed to "Classic - standard" but still the problem persists. I intend to remove the vista and install the XP. My only worry is how to backup the mails of "Windows mail" and again restore them in XP. I think the format is not compatible with XP. Any suggestions?

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Have you installed SP1 for Vista? This was supposed to help with some of the speed issues. However, I am on XP, having experienced both, and not yet willing to deal with the issues surrounding Vista, as there are just too many. On another note, MS is offering free support for issues following installation of SP1 (see https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?prid=11274&gprid=500921), so it could be that, assuming that you can make them understand this is related to SP1, and that they could zero in on the reason for your speed issue, you might decide you want to stay with Vista. At any rate...

As for the mail, it sounds as though you have been using the Windows Mail included with Vista exclusively. There is not a "Windows Mail" program for Windows XP. The exact solution to the question of how to bring your mail back over depends on what you used previously, and what type(s) e-mail accounts you have/had. You could take a look at Windows Live Mail (it's free, at least for now) at http://get.live.com/wlmail/features#ID0E2BAC and see if this would do it for you.

However, aside from the Vista/Mail/Live Mail combination, the solution for mail in going back to an XP OS depends on what you use and did use for mail previously. If you have an account with an ISP from which you are downloading your mail, you should be able to put copies of those messages back on the server by, in effect, e-mailing them to yourself if no other choices are available. (The individual choices / features depend heavily on the ISP and e-mail provider you are using.) I would say to just make sure you have things set in Windows Mail NOT to download the messages from the ISP before you start sending them to yourself.

Then, once you have reconverted back to XP and installed whatever program you will use to handle your mail (Outlook Express?), download them back in. You can export from Windows Mail or Outlook Express into Outlook - reference http://support.microsoft.com/kb/196347/en-us - so this may represent another choice. The downside with this is that the date/time exported will end up being the date/time on the message in Outlook.

To summarize, no there is no Windows Mail - in XP, the only equivalent is Outlook Express. You will have to go to some effort regardless of the choice, but there are several ways to get your e-mail back down to the new choice. Best of luck, and if you need more info, please post back. Otherwise, thanks for rating FixYa!

Posted on May 19, 2008

  • Cheryl Whalen May 21, 2008

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    Was there something lacking in the response I have given you? As indicated, Windows Mail is not the same as Outlook or Outlook Express, and XP has no Windows Mail. So, if you are going back to XP as indicated, I have given you the solutions available: send the messages back to yourself and bring them back into your previous email program, or export to Outlook per the instructions given. Without knowing the ISP you use, and the options they provide for handling your mail online, there is nothing further that could have been added in the way of detail re solving your issue. I did also make sure you were aware of the latest change in Vista, in the event that you might want to consider staying there instead of going through the "hassle" with your mail. As I basically set forth the ways in which your posted problem could be handled, for you to be able to make an informed choice, I don't understand a "Thanks for Trying" (poor response) rating. I would appreciate your consideration in taking a look at this. FixYa experts are ranked based on calculations and analysis based on these ratings, and we can not control the features or functions available with any particular product you are using. In other words, I would have loved to say "Windows Mail can be exported to any other program easily and here's how", but that's just not true. It can be exported to Outlook if you use that product, and I gave you that reference. Please reconsider, and thank you for your time. I appreciate the time you have spent considering the alternatives I provided for you. Again, if you need any further detail, for instance, in making a particular solution work with a given ISP, if you care to provide that detail and the nature of the issue, I would be glad to assist further. Thanks again.



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