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transferring emails

I have a bit of Thunderbird email stored on one computer that uses Windows XP and I want to move them to another computer that has Windows Vista.

Does anyone know how to do this?
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You might try MozBackup ...I've taken email from Vista to Win7 with it...I think it'll work fine with XP as well.

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MozBackup is FAIL
actually, there is another way, which I will share with you shortly.
It kinda worked, but failed as well.

Here is what I did:

I looked up the desired profile that I wanted to import to the new installation of Thunderbird (C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\******.default) and replaced the similar file in the new Thunderbird application.

Then I opened the profiles.ini file with notepad and rewrote the name of the profile (the default file) that I want it to open.

Everything seemed to work, but it couldn't read the emails, not the ones that were already there nor the ones that I just downloaded off of my server.

Not sure what to do now, as I just lost over 1700 NEW emails and I've no clue just what it was that I lost.
just a question. I deleted the entire Thunderbird installation that I had the 1700 new emails on. I think it is possible to retrieve them, but I wouldn't know how. If I can at least get those back I would be happy.

Any suggestions?
The hamfisted way is really easy: the various mailbox files (INBOX, etc) are just Berkeley mox files - that is, text files with all the messages one after another!

You can just copy these to the new installation (when Thunderbird isn't running) and they'll show up.

You should probably compact the mailboxes first, so that the deleted messages are really deleted.
Berkeley mbox files, I mean.