I'm used to using Outlook Express on OS9 for my emails - is this the usual one to use on this new system? If not, what should I be using?
'Outlook Express' does not exist on MacOS X, Microsoft 'Entourage', part of the Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, does.
(I don't like the mail programme that comes with the system.)
You and many. 'Mail' has its good points; yet, lacks in features of other MacOS X e-Mail'er applications.
Other e-Mail'er applications to consider are:
'Eudora' [shareware - or free mode - http://www.eudora.com
'GyazMail' [shareware - http://www.gyazsquare.com/gyazmail/index.php
'MailSmith' [shareware - http://www.barebones.com/products/mailsmith
'PowerMail' [shareware - http://www.ctmdev.com
'Thunderbird' [freeware - http://www.mozilla.org/projects/thunderbird
You can also go to http://www.pure-mac.com/email.html
for links, etc., of all of the above applications; and more.
How can I transfer all the messages from my old computer to the new one?
This is dependent on each e-Mail'er application.
'Opera' (a web browser, with e-Mail support) and 'Thunderbird' do not list 'Outlook Express' among the possible files to import. Here, it did recogonize 'Eudora' and Netscape 'Communicator'.
'Eudor' did list 'Outlook Express'.
On your original Mac, the 'Outlook Express' files are located in the 'Documents:Microsoft User Data' folder. In here should be the 'Identities', 'Outlook Express Temp', and 'Script Menu items' folders. The desired material [files and folders] is in the 'Identities' folder.
Once you decide on which MacOS X e-Mail'er(s) you intend to you - post such [the e-Mail'er(s) name and version number(s)], for further assistance.
I also need to know how I can transfer my favourites from internet explorer on the old computer?
Again, this is dependent on each web browser application, and whether you have the two Macs connected (via an ethernet cable - directly connected, to a router, or wireless) or intend to use a USB RAM [Thumb] drive to transfer the files, etc.
'Internet Explorer' (for MacOS X), 'OmniWeb' http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omniweb
and "Safari' can import your System 9.x or earlier 'Internet Explorer' favorites.
does not import bookmarks / favorites; but, by dragging the 'favorites.html' file onto a 'Shiira' window, one can generate a bookmark / favorite per each hypertext link clicked on.
Also, after importing - some manual operation may be need, such as with 'OmniWeb' to have the added bookmark(s) / Favorite(s) actually added to the Bookmarks menu.
On your original Mac, the 'Internet Explorer' favorites file(s) is / are in the 'System Folder
Please reply specifying the the web browser(s), and related version number(s), on the new Mac. Only then can specific assistance be provided.