How to Export Windows Live Mail 2011 Messages

You must export and backup your all email messages from the email program you are using, if you want to export and backup Windows Live Mail 2011 emails, you don’t need to use any third party application to backup emails here is an easy way to export and backup messages. You can use this guide to export message from Windows Live Mail 2011 or from previous version Windows Live Mail.

Export Windows Live Mail 2011 Messages


Run Windows Live Mail 2011.


Click on main “Menu” tab > Export email >Email messages.



Select email format “Microsoft Windows Live Mail” and click “Next” button.



Click “Browse” button, Select an empty folder to export messages and hit “Next” button.



You can either export “All folders” or some “Selected folders”, choose one option and hit “Next” button.



This will take some time to export Windows Live Mail Messages and Windows Live Mail Folders depends on the number of messages and folders size.


When messages exported successfully check the folder where you exported the messages, here you will see all folders are exported and organized.

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8 comments… add one
richardmoore November 19, 2010, 4:15 pm

I have followed your process to back up my email messages under Windows Live Mail 2011 and Windows 7 o/s. When the copy is supposed to take place I get an instant message to say this has been done but only a few files appear in my back up folder, these are not recognizable as the folders I wanted to copy.

Any advice?

Richard Moore

Ameen November 20, 2010, 12:12 am

Its working for me. In step-5 if you choose “Selected Folder” option then make sure you are not just selecting the parent folder but also selecting the folder which containg emails (e.g. Inbox)

richardmoore November 20, 2010, 3:46 pm

I have tried again and only one sub folder from the Inbox was copied over with the one email it contained. yet I had clicked all the folders and subfolders I wanted to back up.

Is the problem because I have, within my Inbox, folders, sub-folders and ina few cases sub, sub-folders?

I am trying to copy to a blank folder in every case.


keesruyter January 5, 2011, 3:23 am

I have same problem, even when I try to do more maps at once.

keesruyter January 5, 2011, 3:29 am

I have to fly to an other solution. Just making maps at the backup device and copy all emails from a map in WLM to the new map. And so for all maps in WLM.

A second way I always do is to send important emails to my gmail-account.

Krista October 31, 2012, 11:39 pm

Why users still use to read news papers when in this technological world
all is presented on net?

gbone January 12, 2013, 2:56 am

What program do you use to open your backup files? I want to be able to read those emails if I need to because I am deleting them out of my email inbox. Any help would be appreciated!

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