Convert DBX to PST Format – An Easy Manual Conversion

Sometimes, many people require switching their email client from Outlook Express to MS Outlook. Are you one of them? If yes, then you are at the right place. We’ll provide you the self-practised best possible solutions and how to upgrade safely without losing your Outlook Express mailbox data. Before approaching a direct solution, let’s know in brief about the mail clients, their file formats and need of conversion from DBX to PST.

Outlook Express and DBX file

In Microsoft Windows XP edition, the default mail client is Outlook Express. It stores, mailbox data of user such as messages, address book, tasks and calendar in a DBX file. Don’t confused with the DBX, It is expanded as a DataBase file for Outlook Express. The Outlook Express had been discontinued with the launch of Windows Vista edition in November 2006 and replaced by Window Mail.

You can’t open DBX file except the Outlook Express, you need to convert it to PST. If you’re interested to do some tricks and don’t want to use a third party tool. Then follow the guidelines below.

Procedure at a glance

You need to have your DBX file yourself and download Windows Live Mail from Microsoft’s official website.

To make following procedure more informative, we’ll divide the entire process in three modules-

  1. Export Outlook Express files and download and configure Windows Live Mail
  2. Import files in Windows Live Mail
  3. Export Windows Live Mail files to MS Outlook.

Manual trick for DBX to PST conversion

Step 1: Locate your folder, named Outlook Express inside the Windows XP. The default path will would be:

C:\Documents and Settings\your user name\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{your Windows user identity number}\Microsoft\Outlook Express. 


Step 2: Copy Outlook Express folder from Windows XP to any location in your Windows Vista, 7,8 or 10 whichever you’re using currently.


Step 3: Download Windows Essential 2012 and install it.

Step 4: Start Windows Live Mail application and go to File and select Import messages.


Step 5: Select the file format to import, choose Microsoft Outlook Express 6 and click Next.


Step 6: Click Browse and provide the path for Outlook Express folder which we have copied from Windows XP in step 2. Then click Next.


Step 7: Choose All folders to import entire mails from different folders or you can import only Selected folders. Then click Next.


Step 8: Go to File select Import messages and then click E-mail messages.


Step 9: Select Microsoft Exchange for mail format to export and then click Next.


Step 10: Choose Outlook Profile or create New. I have chosen my existing one (highlighted) then click OK.


Step 11: Select the folder in your Outlook file structure where you want to place the exported files from Windows Live Mail. Click OK. 


Step 12: Configure the exported mail files with one of the existing PST file or click OK. Now you’ll get a confirmation message. Click Finish.


Now open up an Outlook application and look in the folder where you previously exported files in Step No. 11. You’ll find your Outlook Express files in PST format. Hope you have successfully converted your Outlook Express files to MS Outlook. The above procedure is too lengthy and requires much more patience and hard work to complete. May be you encounter many errors or can’t able to finish the steps or got stuck in the middle of a conversion. Don’t worry, I have one more special solution to make it easier to convert DBX files to Outlook PST.

An easy and smart way to convert DBX to PST

If you find hard to complete above manual technique, you can use specific tool to accomplish the task. If you search for any third party software over Google you will get lots of helpful links, but they all are paid one i.e. you have to pay before using that software. But I recommend you to use the DBX To PST Converter from SysInfoTools Software. This software doesn’t charge anything and allow you to use all advance features free up twenty-five mail.

Some of the Key features of DBX to PST Converter

  • It is fast, reliable and accurate.
  • Convert multiple DBX file to PST through batch conversion technique.
  • Convert new PST with Password – encryption.
  • It searches for DBX files automatically inside explorer.
  • Attach newly converted PST file directly to Outlook.
  • An attractive and easy interface, especially for novice users.
  • Widely supported in all major versions of Windows.
  • Automatic update for new features.

Apart from this blog there is one more article which I have on Blog Bucket, you may also check that out.

How To Migrate Outlook Express To Outlook Easily

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