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Windows 7: Transfer windows live mail contacts and groups

18 Apr 2012   #1
spacekowboy

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 
Transfer windows live mail contacts and groups

Is there a way to transfer contacts with groups from one machine with WLM 2011 to another with WLM 2011 ? When I do an export to .cvs all I get are just the contacts.

Thanks


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18 Apr 2012   #2
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spacekowboy View Post
Is there a way to transfer contacts with groups from one machine with WLM 2011 to another with WLM 2011 ? When I do an export to .cvs all I get are just the contacts.

Thanks
That is what you get.
Cannot transfer groups. Just contacts. You will have to re-create the groups.
P.S. They call it " category " in WLM 2011, not group.

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19 Apr 2012   #3
roncerr

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spacekowboy View Post
Is there a way to transfer contacts with groups from one machine with WLM 2011 to another with WLM 2011 ? When I do an export to .cvs all I get are just the contacts....
If you "sign-in" with WLM, your contacts and their grouping into "categories" are continuously updated and saved at "contacts.live.com" so there is never a need to back them up.

If it's too late to do that or you want to avoid "signing-in" you could try unhiding "system" files and drag and drop the contacts store in Windows Explorer to a new install. (You will probably have to confirm multiple times that you really want to do that but when the dust settles you may find your old "not-signed-in" contact list will appear in the new install. I tried that with a few contacts a while ago in WLM 2009 and it seemed to work. However, signing in is much easier and gives you the option to use Photo Email when you want to.)
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19 Apr 2012   #4
spacekowboy

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Where is the contacts store located?
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19 Apr 2012   #5
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spacekowboy View Post
Where is the contacts store located?
C:\users\(your name)\contacts
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19 Apr 2012   #6
spacekowboy

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

Copied that over to new machine - no difference.
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19 Apr 2012   #7
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spacekowboy View Post
Copied that over to new machine - no difference.
I did not imply that there will be a difference. My reply is to show you where the contact folder is located.
You wanted the " groups " transferred as well, and 2 of us have already told you that you cannot import groups.
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19 Apr 2012   #8
spacekowboy

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

So I guess "groups" or "categories" should be discouraged.
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19 Apr 2012   #9
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spacekowboy View Post
So I guess "groups" or "categories" should be discouraged.
Necessity is the word.

If you use WLM to send distribution e-mails, then, you have no choice but to create categories.
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19 Apr 2012   #10
roncerr

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spacekowboy View Post
Where is the contacts store located?
Under AppData/Local/Microsoft there should be a hidden system subfolder like Windows Live Mail/Contacts or Windows Live Mail Contacts.
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