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  1.    10 Oct 2015 #1
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    Moving contacts data from vista laptop to win 10 laptop


    I'm running home edition in both and trying to export contacts from old vista laptop to flash drive, then import to 'people' on win 10 laptop . Do I do it as csv -common separated values ...or vCards (folder of .vcf files)
    thanks in anticipation of a solution.
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  2.    10 Oct 2015 #2
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    Hi Pjollop, I'm sure someone has much clearer picture on this, but my impression is that the traditional address book seems to have gone, part of a trend in Windows design from Vista onwards particularly.
    "Today, there seems to be no substantive reason to have Windows Contacts. You can use it with other applications, such as Outlook and Windows Mail, but those applications have their own address books. Moreover, if you use another type of e-mail, such as Gmail or Yahoo! Mail, then you most surely use the address book with those."
    What is the Windows Contacts Folder and Why Do You Need it?

    Note that the contacts folder still exists, and clicking on a .contact entry in it produces a relevant Window.
    Despite there being an entry there, the People app shows no contacts, indicating it knows nothing of the old format and does not use that folder.

    "Open with" on a *.contact file shows it is associated with 'Windows Contacts', yet there seems to be neither a known program nor exe of such name.

    It is also very hard to find any relevant info on this topic for Windows 10.

    Fortunately I use Thunderbird... long deterred from relying on Windows email clients after MS chopping and changing - we'll have one, no we won't- we'll change the email client - we'll leave most of the client in but won't make it available- etc.
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  3.    10 Oct 2015 #3
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    For interest (?) see:
    How to Add Contacts to the People App in Windows 10 - For Dummies
    Here's a chapter from a book:
    "Windows 10 Absolute Beginner's Guide (includes Content Update Program)

    By Alan Wright"


    Windows 10 Absolute Beginners Guide (includes Content Update Program) - Alan Wright - Google Books
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  4.    10 Oct 2015 #4
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    Thread Starter

    So Windows mail?


    Thanks, I have the Windows 10 for dummies but was trying to find an easier way than typing all 80 or so in again one by one. Does'nt look like I'm in luck. Wonder if I can import them into Windows mail then..again which format?

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    For interest (?) see:
    How to Add Contacts to the People App in Windows 10 - For Dummies
    Here's a chapter from a book:
    "Windows 10 Absolute Beginner's Guide (includes Content Update Program)

    By Alan Wright"


    Windows 10 Absolute Beginners Guide (includes Content Update Program) - Alan Wright - Google Books
    Last edited by Pjollop; 10 Oct 2015 at 09:29. Reason: More info
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  5.    11 Oct 2015 #5
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    Hi, personally, I'd never ever rely on another Windows mail client. Unless you re hoping there's some way of importing your old address book via Win 10 Mail, I would seriously consider using a 3rd party client.

    Note that it IS possible to trsnsfer your data into the Contacts folder- it's then a question of how you access the data in it.. maybe there's sthg I've missed.

    I used to use Outlook Express- then had to move all to Windows Mail. Then that disappeared (except in Win 7 most of it was still there and could be used with a fix). Then in Win 8 there was no email client. In Windows all the data - rules/address book/emails etc was scattered. So moving it was a pain, although there were some good freeware tools to support that. Now there is a client- but not a desktop client.

    There is very good reason to use an email client as I'm sure you know- the ability to keep historic emails, search them, handle multiple email accounts easily, avoid browser login times... but Windows email is not for me.
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  6.    11 Oct 2015 #6
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    Seeing the problem


    Thanks, most people on this forum are upgrading to 10 and so the problems of trying to move to a new computer from an old one running an old os are somewhat different. I am rapidly reaching the conclusion that you've come up with the best solution in using thunderbird. I have no knowledge of this programme but will do my homework and try it. Thanks for your help.
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  7.    11 Oct 2015 #7
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    Mm, unless we've missed sthg obvious, Win 10 has a Contacts folder, but nothing obvious in the way of software to support it. That obviously seems wrong- but I haven't found anything yet.

    Typing 'contacts' into Cortana doesn't offer anything really useful, same with Store (if there were an app with that in its name it would show even if installed).

    Thunderbird is by Mozilla (Firefox). It supports addons. There are several other clients too of course...
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  8.    11 Oct 2015 #8
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    Hi:

    Quote Originally Posted by dalchina View Post
    Thunderbird is by Mozilla (Firefox). It supports addons. There are several other clients too of course...
    Agree with Thunderbird. Have been using it since the papyrus era.
    Free, customizable, configurable, supports themes and extensions, stable, & works with ISP, webmail and Exchange accounts.

    (Off-topic: I also use a nifty productivity app, Mailwasher Pro. While I get precious little spam, it allows me to view, review, delete, reply to and (when needed), report spam emails from all of my various accounts in one, configurable and customizable dashboard grid, on the servers, before the messages ever reach my system. There is a mobile version that can be sync'd to one's desktop. The paid version is well worth the price and I cannot live without it. TB + MWP = awesome combo.)

    Cheers,
    MM
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  9.    11 Oct 2015 #9
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    I personally think that putting all your contacts in people.live.com would be faster as they'd appear on the People App on W10.
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  10.    11 Oct 2015 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoxieMomma View Post
    Hi:



    Agree with Thunderbird. Have been using it since the papyrus era.
    Free, customizable, configurable, supports themes and extensions, stable, & works with ISP, webmail and Exchange accounts.

    (Off-topic: I also use a nifty productivity app, Mailwasher Pro. While I get precious little spam, it allows me to view, review, delete, reply to and (when needed), report spam emails from all of my various accounts in one, configurable and customizable dashboard grid, on the servers, before the messages ever reach my system. There is a mobile version that can be sync'd to one's desktop. The paid version is well worth the price and I cannot live without it. TB + MWP = awesome combo.)

    Cheers,
    MM
    [Off topic] Have you tried poppeeper? Free + paid upgrade- e.g. fast scan of headers across multiple accounts, shows no. of new msgs, allows read and reply; I use Thunderbird and that in combination with Spamihilator, which is pretty reliable. Used to be Spampal. And Bitdefender catches a few.
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