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How to restore address book to new computer?

Posted By : Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 3, 2003

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i need my microsoft address book to go into my new compter..when i save it to floppy, and put into new computer..the address book comes up empty...what am i doing wrong?

thank you


This question was answered on June 3, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

When you back up data that you created in Outlook, you can restore the data if it is ever lost or damaged due to a hardware failure or other unexpected events It also allows you to move or transfer the data to a different hard disk on the same computer or on a different computer by backing up the data from the original hard disk, and then restoring it to the new hard disk.

Although contact information can be kept either in an Exchange Server mailbox or personal folders (.pst) file, and is accessed through the Outlook Address Book, the Personal Address Book creates a file that is stored on your hard disk To make sure that this address book is backed up, you must include any files with the .pab extension in your backup process.

Use the following steps to locate your Personal Address Book file:

If you are running Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98: Click Start, point to Find, and then click Files or Folders.

If you are running Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me): Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files or Folders.

Type *.pab, click My Computer in the Look In box, and then click Find Now.

Note the location of the .pab file, and include it in your backup.

If you need to restore this address book either to the same computer or a different computer, use the following steps:

Close any message-related programs such as Outlook, Microsoft Exchange, or Windows Messaging.

Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.

Double-click the Mail icon.

Click the Show Profiles button.

Click the appropriate profile, and then click Properties

Click the Email Accounts button.

Click Add a New Directory or Address Book, and then click Next

Click Additional Address Books, and then click Next.

Click Personal Address Book, and then click Next.

Type the path and the name of the Personal Address Book file that you want to restore, click Apply, and then click OK.

Click Close, and click then OK.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 3, 2003

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