Solved: address book is missing

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rainforest123

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The user has no *.wab .
The user has wab.exe & wab*.dll.

OE6
IE6 SP1
Win 2000 SP4

When the user opens OE, the user's default mail client, the user's addresses & contacts appear.

The user wants to backup the address book data.

The user has Outlook 2000, SP3, which also contains addresses. However, the user does not use Outlook. The user uses only OE.

I tried to export the address book, in OE, to a csv, but it created a file without an extension. Yes, I have "show all files" enabled; "hide file extensions" unchecked; & "hide protected . . ." unchecked.

This is the first time the user has tried to look for the address book, for backup purposes.

Your insight is appreciated.

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EAFiedler

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Hi beginner123

Start > Run
key in:
wab

If the Windows Address Book opens they have a .wab.

If they can open the Address Book in Outlook Express that is the wab.

My export of the Address book dumped the file in the root of the C:\ drive.

You are correct it does not give it a .csv extension.

Export the Address Book again from Outlook Express, give it a unique name and search on that name.

The file will need to be renamed adding the .csv extension.

Let us know if it works or not.
 

rainforest123

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NO!

There REALLY is NO *.wab. There is wab.exe .

The wab.exe uses the data from another location, in this case, presumably the Outlook 2000 address book.

I've learned a little bit, while trying to find the solution to this problem.

Thanks, however, for the tip about adding the .csv to the exported file.

I received the following information, from a similar post I made at Microsoft's OE newsgroup.
"Open the address book and select Help, About Address book. Does it list a file name
there?

If not, then Outlook Express has been configured to use the Outlook 2000 contacts instead
of it's own address book. In that case, the export must be done from Outlook 2000.

OL2000: (IMO) How Do I Share Information Between Outlook and OE
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=196348
To share Contacts between Outlook and Outlook Express
http://www.slipstick.com/contacts/oeshare.htm

The Windows Address Book (WAB)
http://www.insideoe.com/files/wab.htm "

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EAFiedler

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Ah ha, Microsoft Outlook can be sneaky like that.

There is so much information on Microsoft Outlook with all its versions, it is mind boggling :)

So were they able to locate or create another backup?
 
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