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Outlook Express, Lost E-mails; Did Do View, Layout


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#1 help!

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 04:23 PM

I had my e-mail addresses there forever in OE; and then poof they were gone! :flowers:

I tried everything. View, layout, contacts.

I tried searching this forum, bad idea, I think I messed something up even worse?

I went to:

c:\documents and settings\owner\application data\microsoft\address book

and there were two things there:

owner.wab (address book file) and pictures of a book? 1,439 kb
owner. wab (wab ~ File) picture of ? 822 kb

same date and time were listed for each (which was today)

I clicked on the first wab and it said something about sharing and I clicked yes; hoping that would help. didn't, and I don't know if I shouldn't have done that?

I clicked on the second owner.wab and it said: "windows cannot open this file: To open this file, windows needs to know what program created it. Windowns can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs on your computer. Neither choices helped; couldn't find it on the list; and the web couldn't find it." aaarrgghhhh

I searched in google; I've spent about 2 hours on this already!

I sure hope someone can help

I have a sony computer; xp; not old; plenty of space; no viruses; updated macafee; etc.

thanks! :thumbsup:

~Mod Edit: Topic moved to more appropriate forum~ TMacK

Edited by TMacK, 21 September 2007 - 07:39 PM.


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#2 garmanma

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 04:52 PM

Found this one suggestion:
" The Windows Address Book data file is kept in C:\Windows\your-username.wab by default. The update points your Windows Address Book to H:\Address Book.wab. This allows your address entries to follow you around as your favorites do. This also allows your address book to be backed up on a regular basis.

To recover your address book, user Windows Explorer to Copy C:\Windows\your-username.wab to H:\Address Book.wab "

A few more here:
http://forums.techguy.org/web-email/403378...cts-disappeared
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Posted 21 September 2007 - 08:35 PM

Hi,
this is too technical for me :flowers:
I just spent 1.5 hours trying to figure this out!!


you said:
" The Windows Address Book data file is kept in C:\Windows\your-username.wab by default.
The update points your Windows Address Book to H:\Address Book.wab.
This allows your address entries to follow you around as your favorites do. This also allows your address book to be backed up on a regular basis.
and:
To recover your address book, user Windows Explorer to Copy C:\Windows\your-username.wab to H:\Address Book.wab "


I went to c:\windows\and got no further
I don't know what "your-username.wab" is; I assume I was looking for my name? but I couldn't find it

then I went to the link you gave me; and spent so long
and now I've messed up something else

when I right click on something now to sent to e-mail; I don't get outlook express; I get gmail; which dont' use
is it because I went to tools, options, general, and change default mail handler? if so, I can't seem to change it back; it's greyed out;
but I think it's supposed to be!

also, in tools, options, connections, should the "contact list" be microsoft outlook (I use OE) or "address book"
there's only those two choices
I chose address book; but then it went back to microsof to mirosoft outlook I think :thumbsup:
I'm going crazy

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 07:21 AM

Did you read this? It was in the link
http://insideoe.tomsterdam.com/files/wab.htm
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Posted 22 September 2007 - 11:19 AM

yes, but it was too technical for me

I couldn't even do the first sentence: "open the WAB in OE and click help/about address book"
I don't know HOW to open the WAB in OE

and when I click on Help in OE, I have no "about address book"!

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