Note: Your Windows Live Mail e-mail is stored by default in% UserProfile% AppData Local Microsoft Windows Live Mail.
The first step in moving your mail store is to start Windows Live Mail. Once the program has started, click on the program’s menu, found in the program’s upper left corner as shown below.
When the menu is open, click the Options section and then click on the Mail menu option. This will open the General tab of the Options screen. Please click on the Advanced tab, and you will be shown a screen similar to the one below.
Now click on the Maintenance option as indicated by the red arrow in the image above. This will take you to the Maintenance installation screen.
Now click on the Store Folder option. This will open a small dialog box showing the path to the current mail archive folder.
On the screen above, we can change the location where Windows Live Mail stores emails. To do this, click on the Change button, and you will now be presented with a Browser dialog where you can choose a new location for the mail archive.
Browse to the existing location where you want to move your messages or create a new folder. Once you are done, click on the OK button. You will be presented with the Store Location dialog box with the new path you have chosen.
To have Windows Live Mail use this new folder, click the OK button. Once you press the OK button, you will be shown a prompt that you need to restart Windows Live Mail for these changes to take effect. Click the OK button in this prompt and close Windows Live Mail.
When you close Windows Live Mail, it automatically copies all your existing mail and mail messages to the new location.
When it’s done, you can start Windows Live Mail again, and the program will now archive your messages in a new location.
Unfortunately, even though Windows Live Mail says it’s transferring your mail, it’s just copying it. You still need to delete the old Windows Live Mail folder to free up space on the C: drive. To do this, close Windows Live Mail and browse to the old Windows Live Mail folder located in the following folder:
Windows 8, Windows7, Windows Vista: C: Users AppData Local Microsoft
Windows XP: C: Documents and Settings Application Data Microsoft
When you open that folder, you’ll see a subfolder called Windows Live Mail. First, rename it to Windows Live Mail and start Windows Live Mail again. If you can still access your email, we know that the program uses the new folder, and we can safely delete an old one. Close Windows Live Mail and now delete the Windows Live Mail.old folder. Once the folder has finished deleting, you can now empty your Recycle Bin.