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Windows 7: Store Contacts in Windows Live Mail


05 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Store Contacts in Windows Live Mail

I have just built a new PC with Windows 7 on it. My old PC had XP with MS Office 2003 OEM, but I have decided to go with Open Office on my new machine to save expense.

I have some miscellaneous contacts and some calendar reminders stored on my old machine in Outlook, and I need to transfer these to my new machine. I thought I could do this using Windows Live Mail. So I nstalled it on both machines, then transferred my Contacts from outlook to WLM on the XP machine, then exported them to a csv file. So far so good forgetting about reminders for the moment....

But when I try to import the contacts csv into Windows Live Mail on my new Windows 7 machine, I find I can only import mail messages. A lot of the menu icons are greyed out and there is no option to import contacts. Is this because I have not set up WLM as an e-mail client? I have not done this as my e-mail is web based and I dont need a client for it. I just want to store some contacts / reminders on it.


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05 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

WLM is an email client or program that must be downloaded and installed on a PC. Hotmail is the web based email service that Microsoft provides. If you want to import contacts into Hotmail, check out the Hotmail website for options.
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06 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Roncerr. Last night I had a brief interlude of clear thinking, and decided it was daft to do what I had planned. Instead I uploaded all my contacts from Outlook to my web based email server (Fastmail), and configured WLM as a client for it.

I can now see all my contacts in WLM, with address/phone no etc, but strangely there are no email addresses. Have I missed something?

Also if I could copy my Outlook calendar to WLM that would be a bonus.
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06 Sep 2011   #4

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi Keithr, in WLM, I sign in using my hotmail account, it has all my contacts stored in it. After adding the mail accounts I use, I delete the hotmail acc.
This method also enhances 'Safe/Blocked features.
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06 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I dont have a hotmail account. Do I need to set one up just to get my contacts properly into WLM, or should I be able to do it with Fastmail? (The only account I have)
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06 Sep 2011   #6

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

If you intend using WLM to 'read & send' mail with any account and have the address added automatically when sending mail, plus the other features mentioned above, the answer is yes.
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06 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Roderunner. I take it from what you are saying that WLM works best with hotmail, and that with Fastmail, I may loose some features?

Just seen a page on their website re setting up Fastmail with Windows Mail on Vista so will check this out to see if it will fix my basic problem of no emaill addresses showing.
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06 Sep 2011   #8

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Keithr, I have 2 pc's, each with its own WLM using different Windows Live ID's to sign in, but without using them.
My main pc has my Gmail & AOL accounts, laptop has 2 Gmail accounts, mine & a friends.
Gmail is accessed using POP3 (IMAP is not as user friendly) then when Gmail is read using WLM, Gmail's copy is deleted (their are other options).
I've never lost any mail, its always on AOL, Gmail if in the Bin is auto deleted after 30 days.
In WLM, I can open a message and save it on an external hdd.
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06 Sep 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Roderunner, after looking around Fastmail website, I saw that Thunderbird was recomended, and there were some explicit setup instructions to get it going. So ditched WLM for same and got my contacts in first time. Thanks for help anyway - now sorted
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06 Sep 2011   #10

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Good luck with TB.
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