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outlook express address book backup files

by sivapaaram / November 17, 2006 10:30 AM PST

Can someone direct me on which are the files for outlook express address book that I can put on my USB drive. Also if the mail folder "contents can have backup files I can save. I have Win XP SP2
Outlook Express 6.0

Everytime I have to reformat or something, I lose them and it is such a pain re-entering all the info. I know there is a wab.exe and a wab.dll but I don't think that is enough. I've never posted here before so I hope I am in the right place Happy

Thanks for ANY help,

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Re: Outlook Express Address Book and Dbx files locations
by trublubush / November 17, 2006 11:45 AM PST

To Computernuts,
Since I regularly backup my Outlook Express e-mail and Address Book on my external USB Maxtor hard drive, I might be able to help you with this one.

In order to navigate to the location of your address book AND your Outlook Express DBX files using 'My Computer'(EXPLORER.EXE), you must first "unhide" your system files and allow EXPLORER to display all 'Filename' extensions; at which point Windows will display a stern warning telling you that such an operation could subject your computer to harm. You must be willing to proceed regardless...

You must also know the filename of your own user settings which will be found in [c:\documents and settings\*.*].

The default location of your Address Book file is:
[c:\documents and settings\(your user settings filename)\application data\microsoft\address book\(your user settings filename).wab].

Since navigating to the location of your e-mail(DBX) files and backing them up to a USB storage device is a little more complicated, maybe you should get back to me on this first step which is actually pretty easy to do.

Good luck,

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address files
by sivapaaram / November 18, 2006 1:08 AM PST

Thanks for the reply,

I got as far as c:\documents and setting\my user filename\ and that's all. I didn't see a folder for application data\microsoft\address book\user settings??


The default location of your Address Book file is:
[c:\documents and settings\(your user settings filename)\application data\microsoft\address book\(your user settings filename).wab].

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Posting your email address.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 17, 2006 7:50 PM PST

It is not wise to post email addresses in these or any other forums. Botnets trawl forums for email addresses so they can be spammed.

I have asked CNET's Admin to remove your address.

You say, "Everytime I have to reformat or something". I would ask why you need to reformat the hard drive and re-install Windows so often. With the right anti-malware protection, eg, firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware protecting the computer from hackers, viruses and spyware, there should be little need for constant and/or regular reformats.

Why do you find the need to do this so often?


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email address
by sivapaaram / November 18, 2006 1:00 AM PST


I am sort of naive with the internet but I do run all the virus,spam programs etc. I guess when I post I'm never sure if someone is going to reply via email. I'll watch in the future Happy


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by sivapaaram / November 18, 2006 1:14 AM PST

I have a desktop and notebook. Desktop is the original and added wireless notebook and it seems like anytime you have a problem they end up telling you to reformat. Desktop is a Dell, laptop an HP

The HP could only read the CD drive but would not write. Tech tried different things and guess what. Reformat!!!!!!! I am all up and running now, reinstalled everything, network, programs, reentered ALL my addresses ( had a hard copy) but am trying to avoid this in the future.

I have another problem with my Dell on" startup password" and in shutting down but will address that with another post Happy


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The easiest for me. . .
by Coryphaeus / November 17, 2006 8:51 PM PST

is to open OE, click File, click Export, click Address book. Choose Text file, then choose the destination. Done.

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Here are step by step instructions...
by Edward ODaniel / November 20, 2006 9:18 AM PST
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