Manual Methods- Learn how to migrate files from EML to PST

Microsoft provided an amazing email system for Windows platforms such as Windows Live Mail and MS Outlook. Both platforms support different file formats such as Windows Live Mail supports EML file format and MS Outlook supports PST file format. These formats have some advantages and disadvantages.

EML is a file format, where data saved according to MIME RC 822 standard. The basic structure of .eml file is the header part consist the ASCII text & the body can contain text, hyperlinks and attachment.

eml to pst

Sometimes, user wants to migrate EML files format into PST because of some common issues such as software or hardware failure, network error, human fault, etc. Here, I have shared some important manual tricks to move files from EML to PST.

Method 1

Step 1: Open MS Outlook and Windows Live Mail.

Step 2: In the Windows Live Mail, click on File -> Export -> Email messages. Now, select the Microsoft Exchange and click on Next.

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Step 3: Now, you will see a new Window Live Mail Export tab. Under the Select the format you want to export you will see the options Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Windows Live Mail. Choose the Microsoft Exchange and click Next.

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Step 4: Click OK to confirm the selection, after receiving message “This will export messages from Windows Live Mail to Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange”.

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Step 5: Under the “Select the mail folders which you want to export from Windows Live Mail”, select either the Selected Folders or All Folders. Now, click on OK.

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Step 6: After the process completed, an Export Complete box open and then, click on the Finish.

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Step 7: Once the export process completed, it shows a message “Your messages were successfully exported”. And, at last check the exported emails data in the Microsoft Outlook email client.

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Note: This process may loss your data so, it’s better to save a backup copy file first. Also, it does not works in some rare cases.


Method 2: Import files from EML to PST

Step 1: Open the Microsoft Outlook and click on File > Open -> Import. 

Step 2: Select Import from another Program or File option. Click on the Next button.

Step 3: Select Comma Separated Values option and then click on Next.

Step 4: Browse the imported file and double click on it. There are 3 options displayed: Replace duplicate with items imported, Allow duplicate to be created, Do no import duplicate items. Select anyone according to your choice and then, click on Next.

Step 5: Select the folder or location to save the imported files and click on Next. Then, click Finish to complete the process.

As you know Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express support the EML formats. Hence, it is very important to you to know how to convert these files format into Outlook.

Windows Live Mail to Outlook:

Step 1: First copy & paste the EML files into WLM.
Note: If the EML files are already in WLM or configure in WLM then skip the above step.

Step 2: Store Location: C:\Users\windowsusername\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail.

Step 3: Now open WLM and click on File -> Export Email Messages -> Microsoft Exchange. Then, click on OK button.

Windows Live Mail to Outlook

Step 4: Now choose the folders you want to export and click OK..

Windows Mail to Outlook:

Step 1: Save EML files in Windows Mail store location: C:\Users\windowsusername\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail
Note: If you don’t have emails in Windows mail.

Step 2: Open Windows Mail and go to File -> Export -> Messages.

Windows Mail to Outlook

Step 3: Choose Microsoft Exchange -> Next.

Step 4: Select folders which you want to export and click OK.

Note: MS Exchange is necessary with Outlook set as default application.

Outlook Express to Outlook

Step 1: Open Outlook Express and then select all the EML files which you want to move. Drag & drop the EML files into Outlook Express.

Step 2: Open Outlook and go to File -> Open and Export -> Import & Export.

Outlook Express to Outlook

Step 3: Select Import Internet Mail & Addresses.

Step 4: Choose Outlook Express -> Next -> Finish.


You can follow any of the above method to migrate EML files into PST. But, these methods are long and time consuming. Hence, the alternative way is to use EML to PST Converter. It is an easy and rapid solution to move files from EML to PST. You just need to install the tool and follow some basic steps. Download the free demo version of EML to PST Converter.


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