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Refer to my previous question Q_21191703.html.  Thanks SR.

I like to wrap up.

For some reasons, I need to transfer the settings and address book from a more update version of Outlook 2003 in one computer to an eariler version Outlook 2000 in another computer.  According to the experts here, I think that all the stuff (includes the address book) is in the .pst file.  Then, I create a .pst file, in the format of office 97 - office 2002 version, so that it is compatible to the Outlook 2000.  I create the account for the staff who are going to use the Outlook 2000 (who previously use the Outlook 2003).  Then I import the pst file.  But it seems that no previous settings are loaded into the Outlook 2000.  For example, the address book, there is no one in the contact.  I tried to add the address book by importing the .pab.  But the option is grey out.  How to turn the Outlook 2000 from Internet Mail Only to Corporate mode?  Am I doing the right things?  

What is the concept of .pst, .pab and profile?
Does .pst include address book?
What else should I do to migrate from Outlook 2003 in one computer to Outlook 2000 in another computer?

Thanks for all replies.
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by:sunray_2003
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Hi jesshon,

So your situation now is that you have all data from your previous OL 2003 except contacts, right ?

I donot have OL IMO here but for OL (CW) mode , you need to add personal address book as a service going to
tools > services whereas for OL IMO , you should be able to add a new address book going to tools.

I shall check for the exact location and post back
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by:sunray_2003
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Let us clarify some more

Outlook 2000 IMO mode uses windows address book (WAB) for storing contacts.
that is reason why the show this folder is greyed or dimmed in your OL 2000 right now..

Now in your other computer which has OL 2003, have you already searched for the file *.WAB
If yes , transfer that to this computer which has Outlook 2000
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by:sunray_2003
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jesshon,

Also can you check if you can add address book this way in outlook 2000
go to control panel > mail > email accounts and then add a new address book

Before doing the above , close Outlook ..
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by:sunray_2003
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Please read these

http://www.slipstick.com/contacts/olconpab.htm

Should make a lot of sense
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by:jesshon
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Oh, forget that the computer which installed Outlook 2000 has the operating system Win 98 only.  Thanks.
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by:jesshon
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No, I can't add the address book in Control Panel, Mail, and there is no email option etc.  Probably because it is Win 98 operating system.
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I changed to corporate mode now ^O^.  I go to the Contact, right click, properties, contact address book, but my .pab file is a file.  What should I put this file in?  What name should I put in the "Name of the Address Book"?  The file name is mailbox.pab.  I tried to put this in already.  But I still can't see any contacts.
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in Corporate mode , did you go to tools > services and added outlook address book as a service.
if it is already there, remove it , close outlook , open outlook , add again and check
if it is not there to start with , add it as a service, close outlook , open again and check
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