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How do you transfer email from a dead XP computer to a Windows 7 computer

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closed as not a real question by Gnoupi, Joe Taylor, slhck Jul 25 '12 at 17:19

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What email program are you using? If it's web-based like Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, etc then there's no recovery needed. Just log-in to your email account on the Windows 7 machine. – squillman Apr 7 '11 at 21:29
Can you boot the "dead" computer from something other than the disk drive, like a CD or USB stick? If the hard disk is damaged, chances are small you will be able to recover anything. – William Jackson Apr 7 '11 at 21:29
We need details such as: what email application used? do you archive your emails? can you still access the hard drive on the dead machine? – MaQleod Apr 7 '11 at 21:36
See this… – Moab Apr 7 '11 at 22:07
Describe "dead". – Cody Gray Apr 8 '11 at 0:24

Email programs store emails in different files. Outlook uses PST files in \Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook. I cannot recall where Thunderbird store email, but a quick web search on moving or migrating Thunderbird files should get you this info.

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The easiest way would be to remove the drive from the dead machine and put it in the live machine or a USB enclosure. Then it's a matter of locating the files can copying/importing them. This part is application specific, so add a bit of detail to your question and we'll try to help you out.

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If emails were stored in email client you can backup and restore them (method depend on which client You used) If emails were viewed via web page (webmail) the are visible on any computer with internet connection - just type proper credentials and enjoy.

Write what email client you used on 'dead' machine and define what does it mean 'dead'

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