How to migrate your email to Hotmail or Gmail

How to migrate your email to Hotmail or Gmail

Summary: College is coming to an end for many, and so will your email accounts. This guide will show you how to keep your old college emails.


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  • Simply download Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 (which includes Outlook) from the trial site here. You may need to enter a Windows Live ID and jump through a couple of other hoops, but you will eventually land yourself a trial license key and a download link.

    You should also receive an email with this information, to the account which you logged in with.

    If you already have Outlook 2010 installed on your machine, then great -- you are set to go. If you already have Office 2010 installed, then don't worry. We will only be installing Outlook 2010, and not the full suite, so it is easy to uninstall afterwards.

    To read more on this gallery, visit the iGeneration column, where you can read more about migrating your email to Hotmail or Gmail.

  • Once you have downloaded Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010, make sure that you only install Outlook 2010. This will reduce any confusion afterwards once we uninstall it.

    You can do this by entering your trial product key that was given to you, accepting the terms and conditions and then click Customize, instead of the Install button.

    Simply click on each element of the install and select Not Available with the exception of Microsoft Outlook, which is what we need.

    To read more on this gallery, visit the iGeneration column, where you can read more about migrating your email to Hotmail or Gmail.

  • While it is installing, pop into your Live@edu email account or your Google Apps email account and search for the relevant IMAP information.

    For Live@edu users, enter into the Options area and you should find on this main screen POP3/IMAP settings. Click on that and write down this information.

    To read more on this gallery, visit the iGeneration column, where you can read more about migrating your email to Hotmail or Gmail.

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  • Good for when changing hosting services

    Unfortunately, I discovered the drap and drop via Outlook trick AFTER changing beteen ISPs using different versions of hosting software (which meant I couldn't restore to the new one from a backup of the old one). I forwarded the emails I wanted. How tedious was that!!!

    Not on Outlook here, but I thought using the Ctrl-while-drag-and-drop (copy) worked between IMAP accounts.
  • Outlook Express/Windows (live) Mail

    Pretty Good Walk-through!
    Same procedure will work with Outlook Express (except for creating an exchange server rule to forward to new account). For that matter it can work with any mail reader that you can add multiple accounts. Thunderbird for example. (Available for many platforms.)

    Also if you are using Outlook, you can make deleting a little easier by setting up auto-archive to delete the old email.
  • Why do things the easy way, Zack,

    when one can do them the hard way ? I don't wish to comment on how to forward mail to Hotmail, but for users who wish to do so to a Gmail account, then the simplest method is to use Mail Fetcher (

    • RE: How to migrate your email to Hotmail or Gmail

      @mhenriday I agree -- but this is a 'one size fits all' solution for the very vast majority.
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  • RE: How to migrate your email to Hotmail or Gmail

    Why anyone would move to Hotmail is beyond me. All I get is the message 'Windows live hotmail was unable to complete the request'. Lots of users are getting this and Microsoft is doing nothing to fix it.
    • RE: How to migrate your email to Hotmail or Gmail

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  • RE: How to migrate your email to Hotmail or Gmail

    Only problem with this is if you happen to be using a different PC (say when travelling), if it does not have Outlook Express installed you will have problems and likely not be able to access your mail account. You cannot blindly assume that you will be able to download OutlookExpress to any PC you might happen to be using (possible lack of admin privileges).
  • 'Split-view' is what I need for Gmail... least let Googlers provide the option of employing it in Gmail. Having to click 'back' in order to select a particular message makes me sick and is time-consuming.
  • No link provided to download trial Office

    Marc Erickson
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