Backup and restore Outlook Express Address Book

Backup email addresses in Outlook Express(OE) 5:
  1. In the OE menu go to Tools->Address Book...
  2. In the Address Book window go to the menu File->Export->Address Book (WAB).
  3. Browse to find a location you want, and save the WAB file which will contain the addresses.
Restore email addresses in OE5:
  1. In the OE menu go to Tools->Address Book...
  2. In the Address Book window go to the menu File->Import->Address Book (WAB).
  3. Browse and select the WAB file containing the addresses.
The location of the address book file in OE5:
  1. In the OE menu go to Tools->Address Book...
  2. In the Address Book window go to menu Help->About.
  3. The popup should show where the wab file is stored.
Change the location of the address book file in OE5:
  1. Find where your address book file is saved.
  2. Close down OE and the Address Book.
  3. Copy the address book file to the wanted location.
  4. Start regedit and go to this location:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ WAB\ WAB4\ Wab File Name]

  5. Double click the (Default) entry and change it to the wanted location.
More Info MS KB270670
More Info MS KB156828
Sharing contacts between Outlook Express and Outlook:
It is possible to make Outlook Express uses the Outlook Contact folder as Address Book instead of the WAB file. The Outlook contacts are stored in the .PST file.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Wab \Wab4]
UseOutlook = 1 (1 = Outlook Express will start Outlook and use its Contact folder)

More Info MS KB269777

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Updated: 14 October 2007

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