Sadly we have to be very clear about "Windows Mail"

by R. Proffitt Moderator - 7/30/12 9:46 AM

In Reply to: How to transfer Windows Mail files? by Disneyfan

Sometimes folk meant the stock one and sometimes something else.

http://www.oehelp.com/WMUtil/Default.aspx and the picture there shows the message store is in the user's home folder under AppData. You would copy that to the restored machine.

No one would re-use that hard drive until recovery is complete!

Your post may have omitted other details such as the new laptop that is not running Vista.
Bob