Transferring Windows Address Book from Old 'puter 2 New One

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Alohacyberian, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. I bought a new computer and am using a USB cable to transfer stuff that I
    want to keep from my old computer to the new one. I can't seem to locate
    where the data in my Address Book is stored on the hard-drive (or is the
    address book a part of Outlook Express?) and I've forgotten how to have
    Windows Explorer display the path of any given file, folder,
    accessory or program. I was able to transfer the address book to the new
    computer by renaming it "Old Address Book", but, alas only the Address Book
    transferred, not the data in it. It's the data I want. Any suggestions?
    TIA KM
    Alohacyberian, Mar 12, 2006
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    Mike Easter Guest

    Your addressbook is a .wab file that probably has a filename like
    yourname.wab. The application itself is wab.exe

    If you open your new addressbook it has a function to import .wab files
    [File/ Import/ AddressBook (WAB), so then all you have to do is navigate
    and find yourname.wab and import it. Unfortunately any complicated
    folder structure which you may have created in the old .wab isn't
    maintained, so that stuff has to be sorted out again.

    You can use your Find function on *.wab or you can look someplace like
    C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book - which is a Win98
    type of structure location.
    Mike Easter, Mar 12, 2006
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  3. Aloha Mike, and thanks much for the info and in only 8 minutes, no less! I
    appreciate it - happy Easter! :) KM
    Alohacyberian, Mar 13, 2006
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    Mike Easter Guest

    A'ole pilikia
    Mike Easter, Mar 13, 2006
  5. Today Alohacyberian commented courteously on the subject at
    search for ".wab" and copy whatever you find that has a type
    "address book". There'll be one WAB file for every account that
    has E-mail on your system. then, just import the saved WABs into
    your new OE account(s).
    All Things Mopar, Mar 13, 2006
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    WeeWilly Guest

    I tried this and was unsuccessful.. but, I likely did something incorrectly.
    I found the .wab files and copied them to a Sandisk removable media.
    Plugged the Sandisk into the new computer and did a "File / Import /" and
    browsed to the "E" drive.. but Import doen't see the .wab file.. seems to
    only see folders.

    If I go to My Computer / E drive.. I can see it..

    Help? Thanks, Bill
    WeeWilly, Mar 29, 2006
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