MAPI error when attempting to import Outlook pst file to Windows Mail


Karen Kuhn

I have a new computer with Windows Mail installed (no other mail client) and
I need to import my pst file from my old Outlook.

When I try and import the file using File/Import/Messages/Microsoft Outlook,
I get the following error:

"Messages cannot be imported from the MAPI client. An error has occurred."

I've searched and have not seen a solution. Does anyone know of a




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1) Outlook must be installed. No Outlook, no work.
2) Some have reported version older than Outlook 2003 to have some problems
with Vista (not just Windows Mail).
3) If you can find a version of Outlook 2003 or above demo, you can install
it, use the .pst file you have and then import that into Windows Mail.

Another alternative is to import the Outlook messages into Outlook Express
on an XP, 2000, 98, Me machine, then copy the DBX files (ALL of them) to the
Vista machine and import those into WIndows Mail.

Hal Hostetler [MVP P/I]

Since Outlook Express won't run on Windows Vista, how is this information
going to help? How can you set OE to be the default MAPI client when it
won't even install? No, that error comes from an attempt to import Outlook
mail from an Outlook .PST file when Outlook is NOT installed to provide
access to the file.

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May be you have  configure Outlook Express to be the default MAPI
client.Change your MAPI Settings or reinstall your outlook may solve
your problem. May be yourpstfile getcorruptbadly.You can try 'pst
repair' ( software.
It is easy to use  and provides complete recovery of yourcorrupted or
lostpstfile.It supports all the version of outlook.

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You can also try a tool called Advanced Outlook Repair to repair your
PST file. It is a powerful tool to recover messages, folders and other
objects from corrupt or damaged Microsoft Outlook PST files. It's
website is

Hope this is useful.





Why not try a tool called Advanced Outlook Repair. You can download a
free demo version at . I think
it is a useful repair tool for you. It is easy to recover your PST
file by using its wizard. It is a powerful tool to recover messages,
folders and other objects from corrupt or damaged Microsoft Outlook
PST files.

Detailed information about Advanced Outlook Repair can be found at



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