As well as Live Mail working while minimised, it should have a setting somewhere to make it load when Windows loads, i.e.when you switch your computer on. It may have defaulted to that when you installed Live Mail. See if you can find the setting and check that it did.
Your contacts list probably needs you to export it from where it is to a CSV file. (CSV - Comma Separated Variables). You should be able to export it to a folder on your computer. Then import it from there into Live Mail contacts.
How strange that the Sent and "Contacts" folders etc haven't copied down. They do if using Thunderbird.
Edit - a fourth.
I assume you have message rules set up on your BT email. I think there is a bit of messing around needed to get things as you want them, but it can be done.
Second edit - Crossed out the first main paragraph - a brainstorm, sorry, as pointed out by XRaySpeX. I was thinking of including a shortcut to it in the Start(up) folder of Windows in versions before Win 8. What version do you have?
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Edited by RobertoS (Fri 14-Feb-14 01:58:48)