This is really a twisted path by Microsoft, and trying to 'splain it is difficult.
First of all, I have "Windows Live Hotmail" and I'm using XP.
Best I can determine from all the iterations M$ has released, "Windows Live Hotmail" is NOT the same as "Windows Mail".
Here's my understanding of this twisted path. "Windows Mail" is an iteration for the VISTA OS ONLY. It was succeeded by "Windows Live Mail" (formerly named "Windows Live Mail Desktop", code-named Elroy) and "Windows Live Mail" can be used by both XP and VISTA. As I understand it, "Windows Live Hotmail" is NOT the same as "Windows Live Mail". Phewww . . . with all these names and iterations, I'm really confused. And then there's "Windows Live Hotmail Plus" which is an iteration of "Windows Live Hotmail", which is just "Windows Live Hotmail" WITHOUT the ads and is a paid version.
OK, let me repeat again . . . I have just plain old "Windows Live Hotmail" and I'm using XP.
Best I can see (right clicking on emails in "Windows Live Hotmail" and such), there's no option in "Windows Live Hotmail" to save individual emails in .eml format locally. The only thing I can do is copy and paste each email into Notepad and then save it locally, which would be very tedious considering that I have several hundred emails that I'd like to file (those are already filed in .dbx format in OE now . . . which is even more complicated since I've imported all them into Thunderbird and they are now mailbox files in TB . . . which in TB they are stored as readable ASCII files, unlike the .dbx files).
Saving the files as individual .eml format files with OE would be tedious too. I'd have to go through the hundreds of emails I've filed and do each one as an .eml formatted file and save it. Very tedious.
Now for future incoming emails I could do this, but now I'm using TB, which has the same mechanism (option of saving each email as a .eml file), so I'd have to go through all the imported OE files and do that.
Wow . . . this is getting much too complicated for this lightweight. I'm starting to get a headache.
Anyway, thanks for the suggestion, but I don't think that will work. Or maybe it will and I'm just misunderstanding (which is a distinct possibility considering my confusion and Microsoft's twisted naming of all those mail iterations).
'Splain it to me.