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Win XP SP2 - Outlook Express

by SueMarie301 / August 15, 2007 2:24 AM PDT

I have a Dell Laptop that is having some issues. Recently, (by request of Dell) I backed up my system and did a re-installation. I made back up copies of everything except one thing... my email and my contacts. UGH! My question is, is there anyway for me to restore those files from Outlook Express so that I can at least get my contacts back? I'm not so concerned about the email, although that would be nice to have back to, but I would really like to get my address book recovered. Does anyone know if this is possible and if so, which files should I look for on my backup?

Thank you very much,
Sue...

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How did you make the backup?
by boisebird / August 15, 2007 4:30 AM PDT

Did you simply make copies of all of your files or did you use a backup utility, if so what program did you use? Are you sure that outlook express files were included in this backup? The address book should either be a .wab (windows address book) or .csv (comma separated values) file. You could try searching your backup for these file types, but if you used a program to backup it may have saved your backup as a different file type (e.g. .bak or .bkf). Also, your .wab file would probably have corresponded to your username (e.g. my user account name is ben so my windows address book would be named ben.wab)

If you find your address book importing them into outlook should be fairly simple. Just google it or try the link below. Try the 2nd or 3rd result.

http://www.google.com/search?q=import+outlook+express+contact+outlook+2003&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

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by caktus / August 15, 2007 5:29 AM PDT

Thier gone. However, it may be possible that your ISP's mail server still has some of the emails on file. It's worth contacting the ISP.

Charlie

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