How to restore contacts in Windows Live Mail (in education / technology / computers ) by Bill 2009-01-01
Q: I had some problems with this program. I fixed the POP and SMTP server designations, and it works now. However, I've lost my contacts — the folder is blank. The funny thing is, when I type some letters in the "to" box, names come up. Do you have any idea how I can restore my contacts list?
A: From this web page,
woanware.co.uk/?page_id=89, try this free tool, woanware.co.uk/downloads/EseDbViewer.v.1.0.5.zip. After installing it, open it and point it to the following directory:
"%UserProfile%Local SettingsWindows Live Contacts"
You might have multiple randomly-named folders in there.
Drill down into each one and open the "contacts.edb" file. In there, find one that has items in the Email Address table Highlight and export that table to a "CSV Current Table" file Open up your Windows Live Mail program and go to the Contacts tab Click File, Import, CSV Assign the Address field to Live Contact's Email Address field. The interface looks weird/clunky, but it works. Click OK, Finish, etc. when ready.
That should do it.
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