I'll skip thru the problems that led up to this. The PC crashed, got a message on startup regarding using an alternate registry, various settings lost - Most of which I've recreated OK.
Installed the latest Win XP & Office patch, just in case.
On starting Outlook 2002, it ran the "new setup" wizard; Mailbox, accounts, rules etc. had disappeared. Tried "Detect & Repair, which didn't seem to do anything.
Pointed it to the existing .pst file - Nothing had been lost (Phew!). Recreated the accounts. The rules reappeared after I added the icon back onto the toolbar. My contacts list is still there if I click it on the Outlook bar on the left hand side.
BUT I can't access the Contacts list when creating a new message. The list comes up blank. HOWEVER, if I start typing a name in the "To" field - The "autocomplete" prompts me with matching names.
How do I get my address book working properly again?
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