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How to import Windows Address book and Outlook Express to Windows 7 or Vista?

Windows 7 and Windows Vista have replaced Windows Address Book to Contacts and Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail or Windows Mail, users will need to import Contacts and Outlook Express messages in the new products. Using these simple steps

  1. After backing up your Outlook Express messages and Windows Address Book, install GBM on the new machine and click restore
  2. Browse for your backup then click next
  3. Highlight Windows Address Book > Click Launch Backed Up Windows Address book. A dialog will appear enabling the user to import
  4. To import Outlook Express, you will need to restore messages to an identity, therefore select an the identity to restore> click Select an Identity> and select Genie Backup Identity
  5. Steps will appear how to restore back in OE. In our case these will be ignored and click back to restore then Next for the restore process to proceed.
  6. After restore completes, we will need to show hidden folders in Windows explorer so the messages can be found, to do so, open Windows Explorer, from Organize select Folder and search options…
  7. Under View tab, select Show hidden files, folders, and drive
  8. Open Windows Live Mail> Select File> Import> Messages
  9. In Select Program select Outlook Express 6 then click next
  10. Browse for the identity location (C:\Users\USERNAME\Appdata\Local\Identities)> Open the Alpha numerical folder> Microsoft and select Outlook Express
  11. Proceed with the Wizard to import all or selected folders to Windows Live Mail or Windows Mail

Applies to:
All GBM Products

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