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How To Restore Contacts In Windows Live Mail

by bill - 2009-01-03 ( education / tech / computers / advice )

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,, try this free tool, 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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