This is an attempt to describe a fairly complex situation and then ask for advice. First the situation:
I started using eM Client a couple of years ago and imported my Windows Live Mail environment. I don’t remember much about how I did that. I had good intentions of doing the same thing on my wife’s PC but never got around to it. She is still plodding along with WLM and putting up with its limitations and errors. In order to get it to run on the latest Windows 10 2004 update I had to change three Registry settings. I really want to get her converted over to eM now!
Actually, I did try once several months ago to convert my wife from WLM to eM, but I tried to import everything at once, including many storage/local folders, and the attempt failed. Someone here recommended not importing everything at once.
We have now ordered a new PC for my wife to replace her Dell 6-year-old model, and I will be setting it up. Now for the questions:
Would it be better to complete the WLM to eM conversion on the old PC first before moving the eM environment to the new PC?
If I did not do #1 above but instead installed a clean new version of eM on the new PC and copied all of the WLM data files to it from the old PC but did NOT install WLM on the new PC, could I still import all of the WLM folders to eM on the new PC?
Regardless of what method I use, it is critical that I maintain access to the Sent folder in the current environment, which contains around 18 months worth of sent messages. Any special considerations for doing this?
The current WLM incoming server is set up as POP3. I’ve heard it is better to use IMAP. Is that what I should plan to use for the new eM environment?
A final note: The existing account is POP3/SMTP using servers from Cox, our Internet provider - not Gmail.
Any advice will be appreciated!