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Windows 7: Where is Windows Live Mail address book (contacts) folder located?

03 Nov 2011   #11

32 bit windows 7 pro

Does anyone know why I can't find this string / folder, as shown in the above post, on my Dell running 64 bit Windows 7?

C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Contacts\{b5f3929f-ba60-4632-ad4e-b602b1c8e007}\DBStore

I don't have the \Windows Live Contacts\

Thanks, Airpix

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03 Nov 2011   #12

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit

In 2011 it's under "Windows Live/Contacts" : Windows Live Mail – Contacts Database The Field Guide
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07 Jan 2012   #13

windows 7 home premium 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stong View Post
I want to backup my Windows Live Mail address book or contacts but I could not find its folder.

I thought it would be at C:\Users\User name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Contacts\{36 characters folder name} but this folder is empty. Next I tried C:\Users\User name\Contacts. This folder is also empty. I did a file search for *.wab but could not find any.

Where is the address book or contacts folder located in Windows 7?
Windows 7 WLM does not use the folder \users\user name\Contacts used by Vista with the filenames whose extension is contacts. Now the contacts are stored in *.edb files. The problem is that there are a lot of edb files in various folders and one has to find the right one for backing up his/her WLM contacts. After quite some research and experimentation, I ended up with this : I don't know if the answer has already been given, but the contacts folder location of Windows Live Mail in windows 7 is :

c:\Users\user name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\contacts\Default\15.4\DBStore

It is apparently the only place where the real contacts are stored and maintained. If you copy this folder to the same place from computer A to computer B, (after temporaly renaming computer B contact folder to preserve it), you'll get the contacts of computer A in computer B WLM, in place of computer's B contacts. This is the proof that this folder is the one and only one, among many others, containing the contacts. All copy and renaming must be done with WLM closed.
Therefore, to backup your contacts, you only have to backup this folder with all what is within it.

Extra important note : if and when you are connected to windows live, you won't see your local computer address book contacts in WLM anymore, but those recorded in windows live on the net (in Hotmail) ! As soon as you disconnect from windows live in Windows Live Mail, by clicking the appropriate icon, your windows live mail contacts on your local computer will reapear !
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01 Sep 2012   #14

windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scottie View Post
To find "file" go into WLM, click on the contacts book bottom left, then Import and Export should be in the ribbon at the top towards the right hand side.
FYI. WLM will have the Import and Export buttons in the ribbon grey-out UNTIL you enter at least one contact. I'm trying to do the opposite of the OP, import contacts from an Outlook Express setup to a new WLM setup, and found out this little gotcha. Effing Microsoft.
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24 Oct 2014   #15

Windows 10 Technical Preview

Thank you Rolands, this was helpful as all I had was a backup and needed the contacts from an old computer. In my case my Contacts were stored in c:\Users\user name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\contacts\Default\15.5\DBStore - copied the entire 15.5 folder to the new computer's location and it worked. Thanks!
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25 May 2015   #16

Windows 7 Professional


My old computer (which was running Windows 7 Ultimate) recently died due to a power glitch.
I bought a new one and I have the old drives installed in the new computer (which is running Windows 7 Pro).
Ii was able to transfer my (Windows Live Mail) messages from the old computer to the new one, but I cannot retrieve the contacts. I copied the entire folder in the user directory \AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live\contacts\Default\ from the old drive to the new one, but still none of the old contacts show up in the new Windows Live Mail.

Thanks in advance for any help that you might be able to offer. This is a very aggravating problem.
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08 Apr 2016   #17

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Mate my two cents worth this is all I do - in pic. It may not be what you want but a thought.

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