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Transferring Windows Live Email Storage Folders to Xfinity Email

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Transferring Windows Live Email Storage Folders to Xfinity Email

I have been using Windows Live Mail and previously Outlook Express as a client to Comcast for several years.  I now wish to use the online Xfinity email exclusively.  However I have several Windows Live personal "Storage Folders" containing hudreds of past emails that are stored exclusively on my computer's hard drive.  Is there any way to transfer all of these storage folders to Xfinity email and add to my current Xfinity email personal storage folders so that they are accessible online when I log in?

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Re: Transferring Windows Live Email Storage Folders to Xfinity Email

The only way I can think of to do what you are describing would be to set the account up in Windows Live Mail using IMAP instead of POP3.  IMAP recognizes and supports all your folders------not just  the Inbox like POP3 does.  When you have set the account up using IMAP it should sync all of your folders so that they appear both in WLM and on the Comcast email server.  Even if you intend to use only the webmail portal, I would still suggest you do this, because WLM acts as a back-up.  With all the stories we see in the forums about people's emails just vanishing from the server, I would think it prudent to do something by way of a back-up, and with webmail you need a client like WLM or some other to do that----at least if you are concerned about long-term storage of important messages.

 

If you really don't want to do that, you could just disable WLM after you set up the IMAP version of the account and see how it goes with the webmail for a while.

 

Observation on my part:  I would never rely 100% on any webmail provider for long term storage of important email messages, and certainly not email from any ISP, since most, like Comcast, are proprietary------if you ever discontinue their service you will no longer have access to that email account.

 

Just sayin

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Re: Transferring Windows Live Email Storage Folders to Xfinity Email

The only way I can think of to do what you are describing would be to set the account up in Windows Live Mail using IMAP instead of POP3.  IMAP recognizes and supports all your folders------not just  the Inbox like POP3 does.  When you have set the account up using IMAP it should sync all of your folders so that they appear both in WLM and on the Comcast email server.  Even if you intend to use only the webmail portal, I would still suggest you do this, because WLM acts as a back-up.  With all the stories we see in the forums about people's emails just vanishing from the server, I would think it prudent to do something by way of a back-up, and with webmail you need a client like WLM or some other to do that----at least if you are concerned about long-term storage of important messages.

 

If you really don't want to do that, you could just disable WLM after you set up the IMAP version of the account and see how it goes with the webmail for a while.

 

Observation on my part:  I would never rely 100% on any webmail provider for long term storage of important email messages, and certainly not email from any ISP, since most, like Comcast, are proprietary------if you ever discontinue their service you will no longer have access to that email account.

 

Just sayin




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Re: Transferring Windows Live Email Storage Folders to Xfinity Email

Good answer, thanks.  I'll set up the IMAP account and use both.  Regarding your observation on long term storage, I backup the Windows Live .emls and have a program that will read them independently of Windows Live so losing them is not a concern.