In order to view the folders directly using Windows Explorer, you have to have "Show Hidden Files and Folders" ticked in Folder Options > View.
To determine the location of the Outlook Express storage area click on TOOLS > Options > Maintenance Tab > Store Folder.
In most cases the Store folder will be located here:
C:\Documents and Settings\ "User Name" \Local Settings\Applications Data\Identities\GUID\Microsoft\Outlook Express
GUID is the Global Unique Identifier, which is a very long unique long number used to specify an Identity.
To determine the location of the Windows Mail storage area click on TOOLS > Options > Advanced Tab > Maintenance > Store Folder
In most cases the Store Folder will be located here:
C:\Users\ "User Name" \Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail
To determine the location of the Windows Live Mail storage area:
Options > Mail > Advanced Tab > Maintenance > Store Folder.
C:\Users\ "User Name" \ AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail
Outlook stores all your data (email messages, contacts, calendars and more) in an ominous Personal Folder (.PST) Files. They are proprietary and complicated, and it's a good idea to back them up now and then. These PST files can not be read or imported into Windows Live Mail or Windows Mail. However they can be imported into Outlook Express.
In Outlook, open Account Settings and look at the Data Files Tab. This will show you the location of the data files.
In any case you can always do a Search for Outlook PST files to locate correct folder.
To make backing up your Email messages easier, it is possible to change the location of the Store Folder.
When you are looking at the location of the Store Folder in the Email program, there is a Change Button. Create a new folder in My Documents called MAIL Store and change to that location. Then when you back up My Documents, all your Email will also be backed up.
Here is a step by step guide on how to change the Store Location in Windows Live Mail:
Change Store Location WLM
In Microsoft Outlook, it is a little harder to change the location of the store folder (Data Files in Outllook). You have to actually MOVE the PST files to a new location then tell Outlook where to find them.
Here is a guide for Thunderbird:
- This page last updated on 3 Sep 2017