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Microsoft Outlook address book config.with Outlook Express on XP

Q: Microsoft Outlook address book config.with Outlook Express on XP

I am running OS Xp Pro with Office Xp Pro.With OS 98 I was able to add new contacts in Micrutlook and they would also be in Outlook Express automatically.I have looked everywhere on XP to share contacts etc but cannot get the same result.I have to export/import to get the new contacts into Outlook Express.Thanks for help.T

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Purchased a copy of office 2003 (downloaded from the internet complete with serial number) - loaded over the top of an office 2000 program - loaded no bother - now I am unable to access Outlook Express and get the message "The address book failed to load. Outlook express is incorrectly configured, please reinstall". When I attempt to open emails I get a message "There was an error opening this message. An error has occurred". My operating system is Windows XP with the latest patch. Any assistance in resolving this would be much appreciated

A:Error message "The address book failed to load. Outlook express is incorrectly config

Found a solution - not the quickest but it worked - uninstalled Office 2003 and reinstalled XP over the top as per Microsoft article ID 315341 - the real time waste was having to reinstall all the XP patches

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro, 64 bit
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Could someone please help me or direct me to a link, so that I may import my Outlook Express Contacts (XP) on one pc to Outlook (Windows 8) on a new pc? The other pc is a Dell Dimension 4700.

A:Importing/Exporting address book from Outlook Express (XP) to Outlook (Windows 8)

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I have tried to import my .WAB file from Microsoft Office Outlook 2002 to Outlook Express. I used File, Import from within Outlook Express. I select the .wab file to import, and I get a message in about 1/2 a second saying it has been done but no addresses are imported.
Do you have to have both programs open? Is there another way to import addresses into OE?

A:Import Outlook 2002 address book to Outlook Express

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how do i transfer my outlook 2000 address book to outlook express 6?

i've switched to express (because address auto complete) but in the address book it only shows name and email.
i also want home address, phone numbers, etc to show and can't see how to "switch it on"... can anyone help?

thanks in advance

A:how do i transfer my outlook 2000 address book to outlook express 6?


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I have over 13 years of Outlook Express folders and addresses that I desperately need to convert to Outlook 2007. I should have imported them into Outlook before I made the "Easy File Transfer" to the new Win 7 machine, but didn't know I needed to do that. Several years ago I had imported the files into Outlook, although that data did transfer it is now way out-of-date and full of duplicates.

The up-to-date data is still in my old machine and also in an external hard drive backup. I have isolated the Outlook Express personal folders into .dbx format and the addresses into .wab format.

Is there a way this can be reformatted into Outlook? Or is there some other way? I would probably also need to delete what is already in Outlook first, or I would have many more duplicates.

I welcome any suggestions.

Dick Sevier

A:Convert Outlook Express Folders and Address Book to Outlook in WIN 7

See if this Microsoft tutorial can help.
Import your messages or account from Outlook Express to Outlook - Outlook - Office.com

Please note : there is ........
a link for Outlook and OE installed in the SAME computer
a link for Outlook and OE installed in DIFFERENT computers.

Hope that helps.

Editing ...... I don't use Outlook nor did I ever use OE, so I can't help you much other than to offer you the link above.

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the Adress Book failed to load, Outlook Express is incorrectly configured , please re-install.

Outlook express 6 was working fine but I went to send an email out with several addresses and it would kick it back. I then got a single email and couldn't open it.
I saved my messages and accounts in the stored folder and I saved my address book in csv. as told to by micro soft support. I uninstalled the outlook in both the add/remove ( windows components area) and I think when doing a change in registry they suggested too. I think I may have deleted something.
I tried a restore of the computer but it didn't work. I do have a earlier registry saved on my desktop but don't know how to restore that.
All this happened the night of the big updates from microsoft too. I even took off my email scan.
I have got outlook express working again but it gives me the above message each time I reload it.
I changed some of the files that had wab to old and in the registry I set the data to (0) at the dword area. I even changed the idenities in window explorer too. But I can't get the address book to load. I also can't import my messages that I saved , there is a blank in the wizard when transfering (no programs like outlook express). Like I said the accounts imported fine. I have a xp pro thinkpad with about 1.5mhz , 1GB ram, with office but I never used outlook, just outlook express. Thank you for the help.

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Can anyone tell me how to get the mobile number in the view when looking at the address book? Only business, email home is coming up even though when you hold the cursor over the name it does bring up mob numb in a box.


A:Outlook express address book

Try double clicking on the name.

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Can anyone help me export ALL fields from the Outlook Express Windows Address Book (WAB) to Excel or CSV? I believe that the WAB DLLs have a bug. In any version of the WAB you cannot select "Spouse" or "Children" as a field to be exported.

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the option to automatically store email addresses i have sent to in the address book is not working properly. It does not store all address and it tells me i have the address already in the address book but when i go to it it is not there. This prevents me clicking on an address to add it to the address book and means i have to manually enter each one

A:outlook express and address book

Sarah, try reinstalling Outlook Express. To do that, go to Add/Remove programs and remove it, then go back and add it back in. If this does not work, you could try deleting your address book. However, first export the address names to either a "WAB" address book or a text file, then import them back after you create your new address book. In fact, I would export the entries out to both in case you have a problem. I would definitely want to have a text file copy of my address book as that would be easy to recreate in any program.

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I am running Win XP SP2. Problem is in Outlook Express Address book; my group address lists are being limited in number of addresses. One is stuck at 18 total names, so I started a second similar group and it is limited to 9. If I try to add a name to either of these, it goes on but another name is bumped off. Nothing is on MS KB or anywhere else that I can find on this. Everyone I talk to says there is no limit on address book size. Help!

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I accidentally deleted my Outlook Express address book. Now I cannot send outgoing e-mail. The messages say that I need to re-install it, but when I try to do that using the latest update from the Microsoft website, it says that I have a newer version of Internet Explorer and will not reinstall.

Evidently Outlook Express is part of Internet Explorer and cannot be installed separately.

How can I get an address book so my Outlook Express will work correctly?

A:Outlook Express Address Book

I really don't think just adding an address book file will help you because if I am not mistaken, Outlook Express usally creates a new blank address book if it doesn't find one in the default directory. If you want to give it a try anyways, I have attached a blank address book to this message. Just save the attachment and change the file extension from .txt to .wab and then copy it to the directory that normally contains your Outlook Express Address Book. The path will be something similar to what I have typed below. If you can't find the path, just search for the directory called "Address Book" and dump the file into there. What is the exact error message that you are getting?

C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR USERNAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book


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Running XP Pro SP3, Outlook Express 6, Internet Explorer 8
Unable to use outlook express functions that require address book/reference. following error messages received:
When launching outlook express after system restart, get following
The address book failed to load. outlook express is incorrectly configured, please re-install.
When atempting to use Creeate, Reply, or Foward, get the following
There was an error opening this message
When attempting to access the address book, get the following
Unable to open the address book. The address book may not be initialized propertly.
All attempts to download/re-install outlook express 6 have failed! Looking for any suggestions.
Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Outlook Express Address Book

If it won't reinstall, I suggest you go to http://www.mozilla.com and download Thunderbird, install it and import whatever you can rescue from OE. Thunderbird is a far superior e-mail handler anyway and OE has now been superceded by Microsoft with Windows Live Mail.

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When I click on a name in my address book and I click "Send Mail"
A box will appear "Inbox setup wizard" giving me the options for Microsoft mail or internet mail.

I know a couple of weeks ago I tried to download a desktop theme and my outlook express was no longer my default email.
I got my Outlook express mail top become to default, but how to I switch my address book?



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I lost my outlook express address book when I migrated with stompsoft PD transfer from a win98 to a win xppro computer. Anyone know where it could be hiding? thanks

A:address book in outlook express

It should still ber there if you did an upgrade to Windows XP Pro but if you did a clean install with foramtting your address book, favorites etc are gone.

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I did a recovery of all applications on my HP recovery cd that came with my computerand now oulook express works with everything but the ADDRESS BOOK so does anyone have suggestion? it says address book is locked by another application and to close that application- Have not a clue how to fix. Ialready reinstalled recovery and it is still like that. I just want it to let me prceed from today and not necessarily retrive address book at this point-so frustrated.Thanks in advance for any help


A:Outlook Express Address Book

nancy, please post only once per problem

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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.

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My old Gateway desktop screen died, so I bought a new Dell. The Gateway screen cable is not compatible with my Dell. I have a transfer cable for Windows 7 and I had Carbonite on the Gateway and have it on the Dell, so the .map file is probably there somewhere. The problem I have is that I was running Outlook 2003 on the old computer and I am running Office 2007 on my new computer, but it didn't have Outlook. I bought- Outlook 2010 but it won't let me import the old file. I really need my address book. Help!

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outlook express 6 is unable to open address book please reinstall outlook

A:Outlook express ^ address book

Check the event viewer for more specific information.

Uninstall IE 8.
Backup *.wab & folders containing *.dbx

Try to open OE. If it will open, tools > accounts > mail > export settings.
Save file.

Delete OE identity / identities.

Re boot.

Re-create OE identity / identities.


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OK it goes like this. You delete the unwanted addresses in your address book. You then save it as a new address book.

After that you import it into another account and guess what, all the "deleted" addresses are there not just from that time - but the very begining time well so it seems.

Anyone know how to delete entries correctly and save the address book properly not remembering "dead" addresses ?


A:Outlook Express 5.5 Address Book


Have you tried the long method? You could try saving it, then exporting then importing it back again. I know this sounds like a long winded approach, but it may work.


Did you get any error messages coming up?



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Is it urban myth or is there a ' bogus ' email you can enter at the top of the Address Book which will block viruses that feed off of the Address Book.?

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I was trying out the export address book function and exported it. (ME just says export, no option to where). Well I found it in outlook express program files. I checked where it's supposed to live and it was there too so thought my export was just a copy and deleted it from OE program files.
Now my address book isn't a .wab file it's an unkown application, still works but will give me probs when backing up. On doing a search I haven't got a .wab address book any more. How do I get my address book to be a .wab (windows address book) file again?

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Two problems.
1/.I cannot edit my address book in outlook express.ie.no edit no delete then add again.

2/. On my laptop my settings are the same as my PC but a different provider and I keep getting the same error readings ie.
The server could not be found.(Account) `jaguar.supanetwork.co.uk`,SMTP Server:`smtp.relay.plus.net`. error number: Ox800cccOd)
The server could not be found.(Account) `jaguar.supanetwork.co.uk`,
POP3 Server :jaguar.supanetwork.co.uk`, error number: Ox800cccOd)
This is exactly what is said, unfortunatly I seem to have lost the ability to take a screen shot or I would have sent you that.
Please can you HELP.

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How can I make my address book display display mobile phone numbers? I managed to synchronize my mobile phone address book with Outlook Express 6, using a USB cable. Now I want to download it to my address book on my new mobile phone. (This should be much easier than just putting in the sim card, as my sim only holds 250 contacts, wheareas the mobile phone itself holds lots more, & it's very fiddly switching sim cards, then copying from card to phone, deleting from card, back into old phone, copying again, etc. etc...) But before that, I want to check over my address book to delete old, duplicated & unwanted contacts. The problem is, when I display my address book, it lists Name, E-Mail Address, Business Phone, & Home Phone. I cannot find a way of making it list Mobile Phone, even though this info is stored on it; if I click on any entry & click Properties, it correctly lists Mobile under the Summary tab, also Mobile number can be edited under Home tab.

In Outlook Express Help, search for address book mobile lists ... 0 topics found.

Any ideas? Thanks

A:Outlook Express Address Book

Hi RicardoVerdi,I don't quite understand your question.... is it address book mobile lists.

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I am running Windows ME and recently upgraded to IE6. I believe that coincidental with this upgrade, I have no longer been able to access my address book in Outlook Express 6. I have reinstalled several times with no success. When I try and open the address book, I get the message that the Address Book was installed improperly and I should reinstall. Having done that several times I am now stumped. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

A:Outlook Express 6.0 Address Book

Hiya and welcome

Have you uninstalled and reinstalled properly? Have a look here




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I recently transfered a HDD from an ailing computer to a new one. On the old one I was unable to get XP backup to work so I used Nero Backitup. I have the old files in a restore folder on the new computer but I can't figure out what the names of the files are that would contain my address book and my folders, such as Inbox, Deleted mail, and Drafts. Or how to restore them. I've has quite a bit of luck restoring other areas of the HDD but not here. A big help would be to know what the names of the files are.

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Short version - busted motherboard - good hard drive.

My mail is on the good hard drive. I put the drive in an external enclosure and connected it via USB to another PC - Both of the computers are / were running XP.

How can I retrieve the address book and email from the drive in the USB enclosure?

I tried to drive in the newer PC the dead one came from an HP the other is a Dell) and I got the BSOD immediately.

Any help would be appreciated!

A:Outlook express mail and address book

Do a search for *.wab to find the Address Book . . and Search for "Outlook Express" to find the folder the mail is stored in. Youmay find several Outlook Express files, the one you want is full of .dbx files

You will have to set the search to look in Hidden and System files

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My OE address book decided to go south a couple of days ago. This prevents me from opening email or sending email. I can read it in the preview page. I went to MS and found that I cannot download IE6 because I have XP. Does anyone know how to replace IE/OE/Address Book so that I can once again re-use Outlook Express. Thanks.

A:Outlook Express Address Book Vanishes

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My Dell computer is currently using Windows XP Operating System. For email, the program I use is Outlook Express 6. Several days ago, a short power outage caused the contents of my email Address Book to totally disappear. The same was true for copies of emails which had been received or sent. No one has been able to restore the vital contents (email addresses) in the Address Book. Obviously no one, including myself, can remember everyone's email address. This has caused a serious problem. I am hoping that someone knows of a way to restore the contents of the Address Book. Incidentally, there was no error message of any kind --- it just happened when the power outage occurred. Thanks.
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A:Outlook Express 6 Address Book disappeared

in OE6, it's stored at C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book\xxxxxx.wab, where username is your accout login name. Alternatively, you can search for .wab files, and be sure to search for hidden files as well.

thanks, and welcome to TSG.


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Outlook Express 6.01 and address book won't work. OE won't come up and address book only saves entries to the shared identity option instead of the main identity option.

I called Microsoft and they suggested that Outlook Express needs to be deleted through the registry. They referred me to KB Article 263387. All of the steps in this article were carefully completed several times and I was unsuccessful at deleting Outlook Express and the address book from the registry. While completing these steps, the address book quit working and Outlook Express started showing up. However, if you clicked on address book or main identity in Outlook Express it would shut down.

Microsoft also had me try their OE Deletion Tool known as OE5REGCLEAN.exe. It didn't work as well. I would be willing to export a copy of my registry to anyone who wants to take a look at it.

Mickeysoft agreed to escalate the problem to their research department, but after several calls, they abandoned me. They didn't call me back and they dismissed me.

The deepest darkest mysteries of the universe are in my operating system.
Can anyone figure this out?

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Can I send an email to a specific group in the OE address book without everyone seeing everyone else's email address? I prefer to not use the bcc option. This is not an attempt to SPAM...I am working with my yacht club membership list to send out renewal notices and would prefer that each look personalized without having to compose 150 seperate emails.

A:Outlook Express address book question

IM4DHERD, http://www.communicateusingtechnology.com/articles/mass_customized_email.htm
Check out this url and see if it does what you want. It walks you through the process of performing a mass mailing "merge". It does work, I've tried it. Send an identical mail to as many recipients as you want, but with each one personally addressed to a specific addressee.

Dave danger

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Can anyone tell me how to send the address book entries to another pc so the receiver does not have to type them all in?

A:transfer outlook express address book

Search [username].wab and copy this to the same place on the second computer.

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New question on OE6.
I'm using Win XP Pro and Outlook Express 6 on my laptop.
My desktop also has xp pro and OE6.

In the Folders section on the left side of my screen I have added several different folders. My son Bob Jr. and daughter Barb. I have also saved several of their respective e-mails in their respective folders.
Now I would like to copoy said folder information ans saved e-mails into OE on my desktop.
I tried copying "ALL" of the folders in my laptop OE folder to my desktop to no avail.
I have Imported my address book from the laptop to the desktop with no trouble.
But how does one copy the "Folders files and information to the Desktop.
OE Help says to
"1. select an e-mail folde.
2 On the file menu, point to folder, and then click "compact"
3. To back up the folder, find the foldere file, and then copy it to the back up folder, floppy disk, or network drive.
outlook express e-mail foldeers have a .dbx extension (for example, "Sent Items.dbx).folders

I have tried all of the above. No help.
I even did a search on both the laptop and desktop for (*.dbx files)
No dbx files found on either machine.
Any and all help would be appreciated.

A:Outlook Express 6 / address book Problems

Hi alder343

Yet another way to locate your .dbx files,

In Outlook Express, Tools>Options>Maintenance tab,
Click on the Store Folder button to see the directory in which your .dbx files are stored.

Open Windows Explorer and navigate to that directory, if you still cannot see your .dbx files you will need to change your options in Windows Explorer:
View>Folder Options>View>Hidden Files>Show All Files

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We are unable to find the names we have entered in our address book. We still have a list of contacts in our contact list file. Is it possible to recreate the address book using the contacts list ?

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worked fine yesterday
today i can't send mail
error message says re install outlook express -and- address book failed to load properly may be corrupt

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This is absolutely nitpicky, but it's maddening.

I have a distribution list in my OE6 address book, and one name insists on jumping out of alphabetical order, and I cannot figure out why. There are no apparent extraneous characters or symbols. Yet time & time again ... it jumps to the top of the list.

(I think I'm going to try and delete the contact and re-enter it altogether.)

Until then, and in case it doesn't work -- any ideas?

Thanks for your help.

A:Outlook Express 6 Address Book problem

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Tried everything and cannot get into Address Book in OE...Found the WAB file with list of contacts, and another contact list in OE..Did a dumb thing- tried to open .wab file in MS Word, then Wordpad,then Internet Explorer...Still looks like Greek...I can get a list of my contacts..How do i fix the Address Book ?..Thanks for any help?

Bill, Tampa

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For about 2 days I have been trying to work my way through sorting out this problem that has suddenly appeared. But I am getting nowhere fast. I am unable to reply to my emails as everytime I try I get this error "Address Book failed to load. Outlook Express is incorrectly configured, please re-install it." I have tried to reinstall, followed instructions in one of your forums re: wab file etc, looked at Microsoft outlook express support pages, searched google for suggestions etc but still got the same problem. When I try to open the address book from within OE I get "Unable to open address book. The address book may not be installed properly"

Can anyone please help me as I really need to get my email up and running again as I urgently need to reply to some of the emails. I am using windows 98se and outlook express 6.

Regards Anais

A:address book problem/outlook express 6

I have deleted OE 6 and reinstalled OE 5 but now I'm getting bounced emails...........it never ends.

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I had to reload Win98se. As a result my messages and address book were saved into separate files (btw I am using OE5). I know where the messages are now saved, but I can't import them. They seem to be saved in .dbx format which the program seems not to recognize/understand.
I'm having similar problems when I try to import my address book - in this case, I'm not sure where the backup of the address book is - if I knew this, then I might be able to define my problem better - I've had no success importing a number of files that I thought might be the missing one.

A:Address book, Messages in Outlook Express

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I have two family identities in Outlook Express, each identity has it's own address book.

We would like to have just one address book we both share. I've looked in the Address Book help/about address book/file in both identities and they both appear to point to the same file?

Any suggestions appreciated.


A:[SOLVED] Outlook Express Address Book

Inside Outlook Express - Files and Settings - OE Windows Address Book

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Can someone tell me please where in the XP filestore I can find a user's address book for Outlook Express, and what the file extension for it is?

Sadly I lost mine when my system crashed and had to be rebuild, as it was not in the same folder where I had kept - and saved - all the Mailboxes. Is there anyway to relocate the address book as well? I want to try and make sure I dont lose it again!

A:Solved: Outlook Express Address Book

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I accidently clicked on the "X" and closed out the address book that was under the folders on the left hand side..I can still get to it but I want to know how to put it back to where it was before I clicked on the (close X ) button.. thanks in advance


A:Outlook Express 6 / address book Problems

In outlook express, click view, layout and check the 'contacts' box.

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I have no idea what caused this to start, but Outlook Express will not let me send messages. I can receive but get "Address Book failed to load. Outlook Express is incorrectly configured, please re-install it." I have been working on this for 2 days and am getting nowhere. I have read all the MSKB articles and anything posted here and have followed all instructions but have gotten nowhere. I'm hoping that someone can help me! I use e-mail religiously for business and am completely stuck. Details of my computer and OS below:
Compaq Presario 3000 Laptop
Windows XP SP2

A:Outlook Express Address Book Failure

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First, THANK YOU Moby for your May 2006 post regarding burning emails to cd that are accessible from that cd! YAY!! It works and I've been trying to figure this out for years!

Next, What is the best way to routinely back up my Outlook Express 6 Address Book?

Thanks so much,


A:How to back up address book Outlook Express

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When trying to import outlook express address book I get the error message "An error occured during the import process the import process could not be completed.".

A:Outlook express address book not working

Try EXPORTING existing contents as VCF or LDIF and then you can IMPORT them into virtually any program needing contacts

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My PC crashed, I was able to recover the info on the hard drive. I have not been able to find and/or reload my address book for out look express 6.0. Can anyone help.

A:Recovering Outlook Express Address book

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