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Import Windows 7 contacts into Thunderbird

I copied my Outlook Express "contacts" (address book items) from my old XP computer into the contacts folder of my new Windows7 laptop. Now, how can I import my "contacts" from the Windows 7 contacts folder into Thunderbird? I've tried everything, including copying the Outlook Express .wav file (address book) to a flash drive, but Thunderbird "import" does not find the file. Tried many other things, nothing works. Thanks.
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    SOLVED after fifteen years of frequent upgrades!

    Use the donations-only Dawn 5.4 (http://mysite.verizon.net/zakharin/so...) Unicode Version for Windows, a magic tool that will import any and all address books to a new Thunderbird installation as a result of upgrading to Windows 7 on a new computer.

    I just upgraded to Windows 7 from XP Pro (and a new Thunderbird 3 installation) using new MB and hard drives. This tool saved me hours of search time in the quest for a solution that's been absent the last fifteen years in performing necessary upgrades . I remain perplexed of why Outlook, Netscape and Thunderbird design teams do not embed this technology into their programs in order to save us hundreds of thousands of hours in address-book rebuild time.
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  • I have tried this and it does not work for me. All it does is to put the name of my wab file in thunderbird, but with no addresses included. Where am I going wrong?
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    Hello Thunderbird 3 forum,
    The only way I have found possible to import Windows 7 contacts, having saved Outlook Express contacts in the windows 7 folder first!
    Open>Thunderbird 3>Password etc.
    Click>Write. Opens Write (no subject).
    Click to open Windows7 Contacts folder, containing Outlook Express contacts, drag contacts into the header of the Write (no subject) it will then open an attachment side column, drop contacts into this side column.
    double click contacts it will then open a NEW CONTACT dialogue, click OK and Bingo!! Outlook Express contacts through Windows 7 contacts are now in your Thunderbird 3 address book.
    I know it is a work around but it works.
    Jon Luke 20th Jan 2010
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  • I am successful all the way to the contacts appearing on the side as attachments. When I double click on a contact it asks me what I want to do 'open a file' or 'save a file', nothing of NEW CONTACT dialogue.
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    Hello NJ Coertze
    What you are working on are windows Contact file (.contact).
    You are correct if you double click a Windows 7 contact it asks you what to do 'open a file' or 'save a file'.
    Right click your Windows 7 contact and check properties, look for 'type of file' you will see Contact file (.contact).

    Majority of the request are for Outlook Express contacts VCard file (.vcf).
    If you have this Vcard file (.vcf), in your contacts folder imported or saved from Outlook Express, then the drag and drop into a ‘Write’ (no subject) opens a side column> double click this file and double click contacts>opens a NEW CONTACT dialogue, click OK, will be saved in your Thunderbird 3 address book, does work.

    I will work on the Windows 7 contacts and post later.
    Have a nice day,
    Jon Luke 22/01/2010
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    Hello NJ Coertze.
    Answer to your Windows 7 Contacts to Thunderbird 3 Address Book.

    Open Windows Contacts>click Start>click> All Programs click>Windows Contacts.
    Do not click on any files at this stage.
    On the toolbar, click Export, and then click the following format:
    vCard (folder of .vcf files).
    Click Export, select user or your name folder, click contacts folder or new folder, it is better in a new folder to avoid confusion, click OK.
    When a message appears telling you that the contacts export process has completed, click OK, and then click Close.
    In your contacts folder, or new folder, the Windows 7 contacts have now been converted into VCard file (.vcf).
    To add just a single contact to the Thunderbird 3 Address Book, right-click the contact the contact will then be attached to a Write (no subject).
    Double click the contact will open a NEW CONTACT dialogue, click OK. Contact will now be in Thunderbird 3 Address Book.
    John Luke23/01/2010.
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    Hi John, thank you. Your previous e-mail actually caused me to do that. When you mentioned VCard I realised that mine was in WAB. I then doscoverd that Windows 7 does have an export feature. It is the sollution, still a pain when you need to convert one contact at a time and you have hundreds to go, unless you have an answer for that. Thank you so much, I am very happy but not there all the way.
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    I would really like Thunderbird to use the Windows 7 contacts natively, just like it does for the Mac OS contacts. Then I can use Mobile to keep my contacts in sync across Mac, PC, iPhone.
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  • I had this same issue. Thunderbird would not import the info from my exported WAB file. I had exported my address book from Outlook Express on my old XP machine and then moved it to the new Windows 7 machine, Thunderbird could not import WAB file without OE being installed, which is not on Win 7. What I did to fix this was to install Thunderbird on the old XP machine and import everything from Outlook Express then export the address book into an .ldif file which I moved over to the win 7 comp. I was then able to import that file into Thunderbird. I didnt like the extra contact folder the import created so I selected all contacts and pasted them into the personal address book then deleted the extra folder.
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    Garren thank you very much. The solution was perfect. Merry Christmas
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  • I was successful at importing to Win 7 "contacts folder" but can not seem to be able to import more than one contact at a time to Thunderbird. I want to be able to import my contacts into Thunderbird ( on win 7) all at one time since I have over 1600 contacts.
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  • The fix is REALLY easy.
    You simply copy the Address Book folder containing your *.wab file from your XP machine (normally located in the C:\Documents and Settings\[User account]\Application Data\Microsoft folder) onto your new Windows 7 pc into the C:\Users\[User account]\AppData\Local\Microsoft folder
    Now during the import Address Books process, you simply select the Outlook Express option and it will import without a problem
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