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sync live mail contacts and windows vista contacts

by berrisfordjohn / May 15, 2009 11:24 PM PDT

Does anyone know how to sync windows live contacts from a hotmail account with the local windows vista contacts? Or this even possible? I want to do this so that I can sync my live contacts with my mobile. phone.

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There is a way...
by John.Wilkinson / May 16, 2009 5:35 AM PDT

It is not the most convenient of processes, but you can import/export contacts as needed. You will need to import/export your contacts up to three times, once for each of the following:

Windows Mail
-> Addresses Vista's local contact store.
-> Go File->Import->Windows Contacts->CSV or File->Export->Windows Contacts and choose CSV (Comma Separated Values) format.

Windows Live Contacts
-> Addresses Windows Live's local contact store.
-> Press the Alt key and then go File->Import->Comma Separated Values (.CSV) or File->Export->Comma Separated Values (.CSV).
-> Addresses Windows Live's online contact store.
-> Open your Contacts page and then go Manage->Import or Manage->Export, choosing the Outlook Express (using CSV) format.

Hope this helps,

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but can I automate it
by berrisfordjohn / May 16, 2009 9:16 PM PDT
In reply to: There is a way...

that is a work around and what I am doing at the minute.
But is there a way to automate this process? I would like changes make in one set of contacts to be reflected in the others without having to remember to import export my contacts manually.

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by John.Wilkinson / May 16, 2009 11:37 PM PDT
In reply to: but can I automate it

There is no way of automating the process as-is and I have not yet encountered a third-party application that has that ability. I will note however, that Windows Mail was only meant to be a temporary solution while Windows Live Mail was developed, and is absent from Windows 7, so at some of the overlap will be eliminated.


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I'd say changes are coming
by RonS [WINDOWS-TEAM] / May 20, 2009 3:45 AM PDT
In reply to: No...

As John noted, you don't see Windows Mail in Windows 7. I think we'll see a good fix coming down the pipe soon.

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