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Windows 8.1 Contacts in Users file/ folder

  1. #1


    UK & Spain
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    Windows 8.1 Pro & Windows 7 X64 Ultimate

    Windows 8.1 Contacts in Users file/ folder


    I need some advice, maybe I have gone brain-dead.

    I am running Windows 8.1 Pro
    I have all my contacts, plus several groups of contacts set up in the Contact folder located in the Users folder.
    I assume as Contacts and Outlook are both standard in Windows 8.1 that they will naturally interface with each other, however so far I have failed with this.

    I have also failed to get Office 2010 Outlook to read direct from the contact folder, however I have a version of Windows Mail (as used in Vista) reading / using from the contacts perfectly

    My question is, what am I doing wrong. how do I get Outlook.com to read from this folder?


    Thanks in advance
    Syd

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Syd,

    Outlook uses it's own separate contacts, but you should be able to use the method below to import the contacts from your "C:\Users\(user-name)\Contacts" folder into Outlook.

    Outlook 2010 - Import Windows Contacts - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    UK & Spain
    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1 Pro & Windows 7 X64 Ultimate


    I know I can always export the info, however I use the Contacts in the user profiles on more than one PC and it is very easy to copy the updated Contact folder onto a flash drive/memory stick, and then copy it onto my other PC, I am sure there must be a way of Outlook.com using this file, else why would Microsoft make the contact folder part of the User profiles?
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  4. #4


    Florida, USA
    Posts : 141
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1


    Outlook.com is a web based email and does not access the contact list stored in your user profile on the computer.
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  5. #5


    UK & Spain
    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1 Pro & Windows 7 X64 Ultimate


    So please tell me what email client does access / use contacts in the user files ??? I know Win Mail (part of Vista) uses contacts, however as contacts are standard in the user files in Windows 8.1 I naturally assume it is meant to sync / pair up with something.

    The beauty of the contacts folder is that you can copy it to a flash drive, and copy it to another PC, I do this myself so I can keep my Windows 7 Laptop up-to date. I should point out I run Win Mail on my lap top.
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