Vista: Move the Windows Mail Storage Folder

Posted April 11, 2007 by Rob Rogers in Microsoft Vista

Windows Mail stores your email, folders for newsgroups, and account settings in its own storage folder. By default, this storage folder is placed on the C drive, under your username in the AppData\Local\Microsoft\ Windows Mail directory. If you want to move the folder to a different location, follow these steps:

1. Click Tools and select Options.

2. Select the Advanced tab.

3. In the Maintenance and Troubleshooting section, click the Maintenance button.

4. In the Maintenance dialog box, click the Store Folder button.

5. In the Store Location dialog box, click the Change button.

6. Browse to the desired location and click OK.

7. Click OK to close the Store Location dialog box.

8. Click Close to close the Maintenance dialog box.

9. Click OK to close the Options dialog box.


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  • Bill

    On Windows Vista Mail storage,
    AppData is a hidden file. Do a Search for AppData, then properties on AppData and then unclick hidden and the file string can then be searched for mail folders-inbox, sent etc..

  • Anonymous

    would the existing emails be then stored different folder? OR would then onwards the new emails be stored in new folder leaving existing in old folder OR would the old emails get deleted on changing the storage location? pl shed some light on this. Thanks. sanjeev kapur

  • Anonymous

    you can type %appdata% in the Run to get application data and LocalMicrosoft Windows Mail directory

  • Marj Westermann

    Thank you for your help…I pray that this works for me, as I want to save my e-mail, but want to save on off line for now, til I can put on cd…I thank you again, Marj