How to import Vista's Windows Email's .contact files, into the Address Book of Outlook Express ?

Posted on 2009-04-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have around 500 .contact files that Vista's Windows Mail program uses to store a contact's information. I want to import each of these .contact files into the Address Book of Outlook Express. How to do that ?
Question by:bhavinjoshi
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    Expert Comment

    Hello bhavinjoshi,

    Export contacts from Windows Mail as CSV file.

    Copy the CSV file to computer with Outlook Express.  Use the Import feature of OE to import CSV file into contacts.

    Hope this helps!

    Author Comment

    Well, the problem is, I no longer have access to the computer that has Windows Mail.
    All that I have with me are the .contact files. And my computer now has Windows XP and Outlook Express; not Vista and Windows Mail.
    Please suggest a solution
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    Accepted Solution

    .contacts format is unique.  I suggest using a friend's computer with Windows Mail and import the contacts files into Windows Mail.  Export it as CSV file.
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    Expert Comment

    First of all export contacts from Windows mail into CSV format then execute following steps to import those contacts in Address list of Outlook Express:

    1. Start Outlook Express.
    2. Select File > Import > Other Address Book.
    3. Select Text File (Comma Separated Value)
    4. Click Import.

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