how to move "window live mail" 2012 Win 7 contents to ubuntu 16.04

Posted August 4, 2016 3.2k views

I just downloaded Ubuntu 64 bit to my laptop with 4 gb of ram. I am now trying to move my mail information including my contacts from my win 7 mach to my laptop. Both are connected to the internet the laptop wireless and the desktop ( win 7 mach ) is hard wired.
I have a external HD and I can save my mail and contacts using Windows Live Mail utilities. I do not know if I can use these these to up date Thunderbird in Ubuntu.
May be I should use a different Mai client ?
I am a complete newbie to Ubuntu.

Thanks for your help or patience! milt03

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This really doesn’t have to do with DigitalOcean, but I’ll help you, okay so you want to go in Ubuntu to Thunderbird and add the Microsoft account (, or you used with Windows Live Mail, then using IMAP Thunderbird will download the messages automatically from the Microsoft mail server.

It should also download the ones that you already read.

  • Thanks for your reply, I already have Thunderbird set up to download the messages from the mail server. My problem is to down load the messages I saved in various folders in Windows Live Mail on my Win 7 computer and my contacts from the same.

    Thanks for your reply: milt03

    • Yeah, if Thunderbird doesn’t show any folders, make sure it’s using IMAP and not POP3. Also I’m not sure, but I think windows live mail uses IMAP. Do the folders show up on in the web browser?