How to convert Outlook Express DBX files to PST file of Outlook.

Microsoft provides Outlook Express as a free email client with Windows since 1996. Outlook Express was last bundled with Windows XP, which ended its official support in 2014. Many individuals have used Outlook Express and have their emails stored in DBX files. DBX file need to be converted into a modern format, such as Outlook PST for example, in order to have access to the messages stored in them since Outlook Express is no longer available on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Since many people and organizations use Outlook, this guide will show you how to convert DBX file to PST file. Converting Outlook Express database to PST file is not an easy task due to the complexity of the DBX file format. There are two alternative methods: you can either use a specialized software that will directly copy messages from DBX to PST, or you can use a set of free programs to convert files.

How to convert the DBX files to a PST format on Windows 10 and 11

Import DBX into Outlook using a specialized DBX to PST converter.

DBX File Viewer makes converting .dbx files to .pst files easy. First of all, download and install the program. The utility copies messages directly from DBX files to PST files. Following the conversion, you will be able to read Outlook Express messages in Outlook.

To convert DBX file to PST file follow these steps:

  1. Launch DBX File Viewer. Choose an option Open DBX files, indicate the path to the file and click OK.

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    Note: You can open a single file or all of them at once. To open all files in a directory, select the file "folders.dbx". Check the box Open all DBX files in folder if the "folders.dbx" file is missing.

  2. To export the selected files to Outlook, click the button Export selected items on the toolbar.

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    Choose Export to PST format, specify the path and name of the PST file, check the Attach the created file to the default Outlook profile, and click OK.

That's it. You simply have to wait until the program transfers messages from DBX files to PST file, and then you can open Outlook once the conversion is complete. Messages from Outlook Express can now be viewed in Outlook.

The benefits of exporting files with DBX File Converter.

  • Outlook Express database can easily be transferred to Outlook without requiring special knowledge
  • It preserves the folder nesting structure if folders.dbx is saved
  • Exporting all files to Outlook in a batch
  • Export only important messages to Outlook
  • View DBX file contents in preview mode

Convert Outlook Express database to PST file using the manual method.

An alternative method of exporting DBX to PST involves a whole set of free software and certain knowledge. Manual file conversion is designed for experienced users and IT professionals. In order to perform this task, you will need the following software: DBXtract , hMailServer , and Mozilla Thunderbird .

To move messages from DBX files to PST file of Outlook follow these steps:

  1. Save messages stored in DBX files into EML files using DBXtract.
  2. Install hMailServer and create an account. You can name it mailbox@localhost, for example.
  3. Create an IMAP account for the mailbox@localhost account in Thunderbird.
  4. Drag and drop previously extracted EML files into the Thunderbird folders for the mailbox@localhost account.
  5. Open Outlook and add the IMAP account mailbox@localhost. Messages from the server should be downloaded to the OST file of mailbox@localhost once the synchronization is complete.
  6. In Outlook click File -> Open & Export -> Import/Export. Choose Export to a file and click Next. Choose Outlook Data File (.pst) and click Next. Choose mailbox@localhost and click Next. Once you have specified the path and name of the PST file, click Finish.


Without special software, file conversion cannot be called simple; it requires a lot of time and effort. It is possible for even the most experienced user to make a mistake when transferring messages from DBX to Outlook PST. Manually moving data from DBX to PST is only advantageous if you are willing to use free software. Therefore, we recommend using DBX to PST Converter as an effective alternative to import DBX files into Outlook 2021, 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007. It is the fastest and easiest way to convert files and read Outlook Express messages in Outlook.

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