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Windows 7: using contacts from backup folder in Windows Live Mail

06 Dec 2014   #1
bogeyman

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
using contacts from backup folder in Windows Live Mail

I just had my Windows 7 reinstalled and have installed Windows Live Mail. Prior to doing so I did a full backup to an external hard drive. I did not do any special export for Windows Live Mail. I have copied contacts from the Contacts file on the external hard drive file into the Contacts file on my computer. Windows Live Mail does not recognize those contacts. The only way I can make it work is by clicking on a single contact in my C Drive contacts folder to send an e-mail and then do an add to contact and presto, it now shows up in Windows Live Contacts. I am trying to avoid having to do this for each contact one at a time.

I would have thought I could simply copy all of my contacts from the backup drive into my C Drive Contacts folder and they would then be usable in Windows Live Mail. Obviously it is not that simple. Hope somebody can help me.

Thanks


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06 Dec 2014   #2
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

You may have to use the Import in WLM to bring the contacts from the Contacts Folder in C:\Users\YourUserName\Contacts. I've had to change Folder Options to Show hidden files, folders, etc., in order to show that Folder. WLM may be able to Import from the external drive.
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07 Dec 2014   #3
bogeyman

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Just to clarify, I am trying to import from an external hard drive into the Contacts folder in C drive. All of the contacts show in the C drive folder, but WLM doesn't link to them. As for changing folder options to show hidden files, where do I do that, in the C drive folder or the H drive folder. I am not familiar with hidden folders.

Thanks for your input
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07 Dec 2014   #4
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

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As for changing folder options to show hidden files, where do I do that, in the C drive folder or the H drive folder. I am not familiar with hidden folders.
This is an image that should help:


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14 Dec 2014   #5
bogeyman

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

This problem was solved incredibly easily. When I backed up the computer, contact list was in folder called Contacts. When I copied it to C drive under my user name, Windows Live Mail would not link to this list. After trying different things I successfully linked this contact list to Windows Live Mail by doing the following:

1. Click on the Contents link in bottom left corner (column of links Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Feeds, Newsgroups)

2. Click on "Import" in the top tool bar

3. In the drop down menu, click on "Import address book for current windows user" and presto, all contacts now recognized by WLM.

I can't believe I didn't notice this right away. Hope this helps somebody else.
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