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How to 'recover' Win Address Book (WAB)

By trevor ·
Any way to extract info from Win Address Book
(WAB)?
Although I tried to 'export' the Address Book
from Outlook Express as a 'text delimited' file,
it didn't work. So, I simply copied the .WAB file
to a backup and then completely reinstalled
the OS and applications (Win98SE).
Ultimately, this didn't
work as I had intended (intention was to retain
all of my Address Book entries).
I wanted to use the 'old' address book in the
new installation, but since I didn't do it the
correct way (exporting first), I only have the
.wab file. My attempts at replacing the
newly-installed .WAB file with the backup, then
loading OE, the Address Book information
from my previous installation did not import to
the new installation.
Is there any other way to recover the contents
of the .WAB file so that it can be used with the
new installation?

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by TheChas In reply to How to 'recover' Win Addr ...

As you found, you cannot just copy the address book file.

Have you tried importing the old address book?

I have always been able to import my saved old address book into my new OE identity.

Chas

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by trevor In reply to

I have tried this step, but the .WAB file doesn't display
as being 'importable'.

Thanks anyway.

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by TheChas In reply to How to 'recover' Win Addr ...

Just had another thought.

After reinstalling W98, did you install Windows Updates, and the same version of IE/OE you were running?

Windows 98 installs OE 4. If you did not update, and had OE 5.5 or 6, OE 4 may not be able to deal with the address book created from the newer version.

Chas

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by lmayeda In reply to How to 'recover' Win Addr ...

When I am smart enough to remember, I open OUTLOOK and I import the email/addresses from Outlook Express. Then from OUTLOOK, I'm able to export to a .pst file, transfer it to another computer or profile and then re-import it to the new Outlook Express.
I have also forgotten to do this step first and I know I've "futs" around but can't guarantee that I recall what worked. I "think" I locate the Outlook Express files in the user's profile, local settings, application data, identities,some mumbo jumbo id, Microsoft, Outlook Express. You will see the INBOX.dbx, SENT ITEMS.dbx, etc. Locate the same folders in the target Outlook Express folder, rename the existing inbox.dbx, etc and copy the old folders to the target location. Good luck.

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