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importing contacts from WLM in win XP to win 8

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    importing contacts from WLM in win XP to win 8


    I have tried exporting the contacts in WLM in win XP using CSV format and importing into WLM in win 8. The result was a real mess, missing data, sometimes 3 entries made for the same contact, it was horrendous. There should be a better way to transfer from one DBstore to another, in the same way one can transfer PST files in Outlook.

    as anyone got any better suggestions?

    PS I have tried copying the DBstore over by replacing the folder, the result is no contacts; I guess the file in XP is somehow different to that expected by win 8?

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    win xp win vista win 7 win 8 win 8.1

    Importing CSV files into WLM in win8 problem


    The issue of restoring the dbstore for WLM (especially when dealing with a system rebuild) remains; specifically when dealing with email other than hotmail/livemail etc.

    However I have found the error in the CSV export/import. The export from XP to a CSV file was fine, looked at it in Excel and was formatted correctly. The problem was in the import; the WLM Import in Win 8 ignored the email address field, and hence caused the corruptions. I repeated the process this time prior to importing I revised the import commands to explicitly add the email address field.

    I post this here for the benefit of others - the moral is check the import parameters, don't assume.
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importing contacts from WLM in win XP to win 8
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