Windows contacts folder not the same as Live?

February 12, 2010 at 09:06:55
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 3.008 GHz / 2047 MB
Hello, they have made some weird changes to Windows 7. I managed to import my WAB contacts directory into Windows Contacts. I figured that when I clicked on the Contacts link in Windows Live, they contacts would be there, but there are not. I did a search and found that they are stored in a "Windows Contacts Folder" which is separate from the Contacts folder in Windows Live Mail? That doesn't make any sense to me, is that how it is supposed to be?

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February 12, 2010 at 18:50:51
I use Windows 7 Starter on my netbook and do not see any option to import the WAB into Live.

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February 13, 2010 at 06:59:07

→ Launch WLM & click on Contacts.

→ From the Contact list click the "Alt" button on your keyboard to view the menu bar.

→ Click on File, Import, Windows Address Book (.WAB) & navigate to where your *.wab file is located.

Below is a clarification regarding WLM Contacts & Windows Contacts - it's from the M$ operative in charge of WLM.

"Hi guys!

My name is Mayank and I’m the new Product Manager for Windows Live Mail.

I've done some research on Windows Live Mail Contacts and Windows Contacts (and how they are the same/different) and have written up a few points that should hopefully clear up most of the questions. I’m happy to answer the remaining. J

· Windows 7 ships with Windows Contacts built in. Information about Windows Contacts in Windows 7:

o How to Run: To run Windows Contacts, simply type in ‘Contacts’ from the Start menu;
o Where it can be found: To access Contacts, open Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\users\[user name]\Contacts\
o Key Features:

§ Each contact has its own icon. Users can associate a picture with each contact. On double-clicking the icon, a window opens with the following tabs:

· Summary
· Name and E-mail
· Home
· Work
· Family
· Notes
· IDs

§ Contacts supports multiple email addresses per contact;
§ Users can create Group Contacts;
§ Users can Import (CSV, LDIF, vCard and Windows Address Book file formats) and Export (CSV, vCard file formats);

Now – how Windows Contacts relates to Windows Live Mail. The contacts from Windows Contacts are not shared with Windows Live Mail. However a user can import/export one to the other using the Import/Export options provided in each application. The limitation (thus far) with Windows Live Mail is that it supports only 3 email addresses per contact. Example:

· I have a contact in Windows Contacts named Bob. I have 10 email addresses for Bob along with his Home, Work addresses, Family details and Notes.
· I want to import these Windows Contacts into Windows Live Mail.
· I launch Windows Live Mail and import the contacts using the File à Import command.
· Bob is now in my Windows Live Mail contacts however:

o Only the top 3 email addresses are imported;
o His home and work address is imported;
o Notes associated with Bob are imported;
o His family details section is not imported;

I hope this helps. Please post any further questions/concerns here and I will follow-up w/ them.


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February 13, 2010 at 18:29:00
Thanks a lot that works :D Is it just me or does M$ try to hide all of the basic features that were used in the past? Obviously there will be a lot of people who will ask this same question a billion times, why wouldn't they make this a lot easier to do?

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