Windows Contacts feature was introduced in Vista and carried forward in Windows 7. Though more versatile than the Address Book on Windows XP, it’s main function is quite the same – storing the details of the people you like to correspond with – their names, postal and email addresses, contact numbers etc.
On this page I shall be telling you how to copy the Windows Contacts (formerly Address Book) from Vista to a Windows 7 computer with the help of the default email programs on both these operating systems – Windows Mail on Vista and Windows Live Mail on 7.
If you have been using Windows Mail for your email on a Vista machine and have just bought a Windows 7 computer, it is highly recommended you copy the Windows Contacts data to smoothen the transition. People who have been on a Outlook Express (Windows XP) might find the absence of the Address Book unsettling but, rest assured, Windows Contacts is very much like it, if not a little easier to use – please refer how to move the Outlook Express address book to Windows Live Mail on Windows 7 for detailed instructions and screenshots.
The process is kind of simple and involves exporting the data from Windows Mail and then importing it with the default email program on Windows 7 – Windows Live Mail. We shall be using the Comma Separated File (CSV) format to move the Windows Contact (Address Book) from Vista to Windows 7. Why CSV? Because it is standard cross-platform format that can even be opened in programs such as Microsoft Excel to make changes if we so want.
Congratulations! You have been able to copy and move Windows Contacts from Windows Vista to a Windows 7 computer through Windows Live Mail.
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