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PST files

by shelbe26 / July 9, 2004 3:23 AM PDT

I had my computer switched from WindowsME to WindowsXP about 6 months ago. The place that worked on my computer saved all of my addresses and phone numbers from my Microsoft Outlook (Contacts) program to a disc. I just found the disc and tried to put the addresses back into my contacts and it won't let me. I can't even open the file. It is a PST file and I don't know if I need to convert the file or what. Please I really need help with this. Everyone I know is on this program and it would take me forever to redo all of these addresses. TIA!

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Re: PST files
by Yew / July 9, 2004 3:33 AM PDT
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You need to import this file into some program that can make sense of it, such as Outlook.

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Re: PST files
by shelbe26 / July 9, 2004 4:08 AM PDT
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I've tried to import it with outlook but it doesn't let me.

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Re: PST files
by ChuckT / July 9, 2004 7:43 AM PDT
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My guess is that you are confusing Outlook with Outlook Express.

Outlook is the fully featured (debatable) Windows personal information manager (like a calendar, to do lists, etc.) which also has a mail tool.

Outlook comes in Microsoft Office. Outlook uses .pst files to store email and addresses.

On the other hand there is Outlook Express, which is only a mail tool and news reader. It comes with the Windows operating system.

Outlook Express stores its addresses in .wab files.

I believe you can force Outlook Express to import an Outlook (full featured) .pst file, but it takes a few non-default selections to tell Outlook Express you really want to import from a .pst file. (Again, I am only guessing that it can.)

Instead, see if you have Outlook installed (you do if you have MS Office) and start that up. The typical Quick Launch button down on your XP Task Bar might be set up to launch Outlook Express, and not the Outlook, that you do want.

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Re: PST files
by dhostetter / July 9, 2004 10:31 AM PDT
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You must copy the .PST file to your hard drive before you can open it. Outlook needs to have full read/write access to the file to open it.

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