Windows Live Mail Backup: IMAP - Best Way to Backup Windows Live Mail Account

Windows Live Mail Backup

Windows Live Mail backup is a method of keeping the content of Windows Mail accounts intact. Since 2016, Windows Live Mail migrates to, although Handy Backup still provides Windows Live Mail backup and restore.

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Advantages of Windows Live Mail Backup Software

Automating Operations

Handy Backup makes every Windows Live Mail backup automatically, requiring no interruption by user after creating a scheduled backup task and establishing initial connection with a new Windows Live Mail IMAP server. Still, you can backup Windows Mail by starting a task manually when you want.

Automatic Windows Live Mail Backup
Backup Windows Live Mail to a Variety of Storages

Storing Messages

You can keep your backup where you want, e.g. backup Windows Live Mail to Dropbox, to a local folder or to your NAS. Feel free with keeping backups in native EML message formats to every modern type of storage existed, including local, network and cloud storage units and services!

Cloning Email Folders

Move your Windows Live Mail backup to another server, or just create a new folder containing copies of selected messages from your contacts. Using Handy Backup as Windows Live Mail backup tool, you can restore your message copies to any place allowing IMAP settings for Live Mail or other webmail services.

Other Features of Windows Live Mail Backup

Handy Backup has a couple of principal features helping the new host of Windows Live Mail backup emails in the most effective way. The next list contains some of these features:

  • Partial backup methods – incremental, differential and mixed (full/differential) backup;
  • Versioning for backups of the same dataset and time-stamping for different versions;
  • Compressing data to ZIP archives and encrypting backup content with a 128-bit BlowFish;
  • Precise scheduling tasks repeating periodically from minutes to months, or starting by an event;
  • Notifying users by email about task status, as well as reporting and logging all backup activities.

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How to Backup Windows Live Mail Accounts, Contacts and Messages with Handy Backup?

For now, Windows Live Mail backup is just a part of backup procedure! Let us explain it for you in some details. To create an automatic backup task, please follow the next instruction.

  1. Open Handy Backup. Create a new task by a button on the main panel, a menu or Ctrl+N.
  2. On the Step 1, select a backup task. Go to the Step 2.
  3. Select the “Email” plug-in from the “Email” group. This plug-in uses IMAP for Windows Live Mail.

Choose the “Email” Plug-in

  1. On the new configuration dialog, enter the IMAP settings for Windows Live Mail.

Windows Live Mail IMAP Settings

Note: Do not forget to relocate and change IMAP server settings for Live Mail to a new server containing these data! For now, the Windows Live Mail IMAP server uses the parameters for its new location!

  1. Click OK. You will see the list of your Windows Live Mail emails and folders for backup.
  2. Check/uncheck data you want to back up or to exclude these data from the backup set.
  3. When you finish selecting, click OK and return to the Step 2 of the task creation wizard.
  4. Continue creating a task as described in the User Manual. All other steps are unspecific for utilizing Live Mail IMAP settings for backup.

How to Restore Windows Live Mail Backup

Just as described for creating a Windows Live Mail backup task, create a restoration task on the Step 1. Then select a file backup.hbi from your backup location. This file contains all the data about your backup, including the default place for restoring your Windows Live Mail emails.

  • For restoring data to an original location, just continue creating a task.
  • For cloning your Windows Mail to a different message folder, click “Change location”.

Restore Windows Live Mail Backup

In latter case, you will see a dialog for selecting a new data location. Note that you must have a connection to a new IMAP mail server to utilize this function of Windows Live Mail backup software. After selecting a new location, create a folder for restored data if you need it, and click OK.

Note: Excepting the migration for freshly created accounts, we are recommending always moving your Windows Live Mail backup data to another folder than actual messages existed in the destination account. This may be crucial for preserving data from an accidental loss.

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