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PMH62

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When my old computer with Windows 98 finally died, I had almost everything backed up to a cd, everything except my e-mail address book. A friend of a friend did some magic and put the folders from the e-mail program on another cd. He said to look for the wab files for my addresses. Now I have a new computer, Windows XP. When I attempted to follow his instructions, all I can find is dbx files and it is unreadable. And of course the guy is long gone. Can anyone help me with this PLEASE. I am totally lost.
 

EAFiedler

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Hi PMH62

The .wab file is for your address book, it may have been exported as a .csv file. The .dbx files contain your messages which Outlook Express reads.

If you cannot find a .wab or .csv file then the address book was not backed up.

At what point are you at?
 

PMH62

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Thanks for your reply. Unless I'm missing something, I can't find any .wab or .csv files. Can't quite figure that out because he knew that's all I needed.
 

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Well, I guess at this point the Address Book is a moot point, sorry.

Were you able to Import your messages back into Outlook Express?
 

PMH62

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Yes, I think you're right. The addresses are gone. I didn't get the messages but didn't really need them. I had grabbed the important ones before the crash. This time I'm a little smarter-all addresses are also on a hard copy. Thanks so much for your help.
 
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