How to Import Outlook Express Address Book Contacts to Outlook (.WAB to Outlook) –

Outlook and Outlook Express two different mail applications developed by Microsoft to manage email activities. Outlook Express It is no longer supported by Microsoft and Outlook Express is replaced by Windows Live Mail in the latest Windows operating systems. Because of this change, many users have upgraded their email programs to Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Windows Live Mail.

This guide contains detailed instructions on how to transfer Outlook Express contacts to Outlook (2007, 2010 or 2013).

Also read:
How to move your email messages from Outlook Express to Outlook or Windows Live Mail.
How to transfer your contacts from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail.

How to transfer Outlook Express contacts to Outlook 2007, 2010 or 2013.

Step 1. Transfer your Outlook address book file to your Windows Live Mail computer.

Note: If Outlook is installed on the computer where Outlook Express is also installed, skip to step 3.

First, transfer the Address Book (.WAB) file from a computer with Outlook Express to a computer with Outlook. For this:

1. Enable the display of hidden files on your computer:

    1. Switch to: Start > Control Panel > Folder options Press the & buttonAppearance” label.
    2. click onShow hidden files, folders and drives” &
    3. Remove the “Hide protected operating system files
    4. Click on “OK

2. Copy to a USB flash drive, “Address book” folder is found in the following path (default path) on your old computer (with Outlook Express installed):

  • C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Microsoft\

For example, if you have a username “Admin”, then Outlook Express Address book the folder is located at the following location by default “C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Microsoft\Address book.

Step 2: Import the Outlook Express address book into Windows Contacts.

On a computer with Outlook installed:

1. Connect the USB flash drive containing Outlook Express Address book folder on your old computer.

2. It’s open Address book open the folder (from the USB drive) and double-click on the address book WAB file inside it. (usually a WAB file with the same name as your username on your old computer).


3. Select on the next screen Import.

Import Windows Address Book contacts

4. When the import is complete, select OK.

import contacts

Step 3. Import the Outlook address book into Outlook contacts.

1. Open Outlook.

2. From whom File menu, select Import and export.

Outlook Express Address Book to Outlook

3. Yes Import and Export Master in the dialog box select Import Internet mail and addresses select an option and click Next.

Import your Outlook Express address book into Outlook

4. Yes Import Outlookdialog box:

    1. Choose Outlook Express 4.x, 5.x, 6.x or Windows Mail.
    2. Remove the mark the Import mail checkbox.
    3. press The next one.

Import an address book

5. Finally choose Termination.

Transfer your address book to Outlook

(Wait for the import process to complete.)

import progress

6. When the import process is complete, select OK.

import Address Book summary

Now open your Outlook contacts.

You are done!

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