I am surprised that this is such an "issue". It seems to me that preserving and transferring "old" adddress books and contacts list should be a very basic, fundamental, "up front"OBLIGATION of a new piece of software like Windows 7/Outlook. Personally, I think it is despicable that so much time and effort should HAVE TO BE SPENT JUST FINDING OUT HOW TO accomplish this task,let alone actually doing it.
Here is the very STRAIGHTFORWARD, but apparently "cloaked in secrecy" problem I have:
I need to move my "old" address book and contacts, (and in fact emails), from my "old" computer's Outlook 2003 to my new computer's Outlook. I have looked on the Windows 7 "help" page, and it tells me I should look for files that have a ".wab" ("Windows address book") extension on the "old" computer. There are no such files. (Please don't tell me I don't have an "Address Book: I Most CERTAINLY do.)
I'd tell you what version of Windows 7 I'm running, but Microsoft has made that dificult to find also. I asked, (specifically, "What version of Windows 7 do I have?"), at several "help" pages and gotcompletely irrelevant responses. How simpler could I have asked for that information?
What I do have from my "old" computer are .pst files, .dat files, .ost files, and .oab files. At least those are all the files I can find associated with this endeavor.
So, here are my questions put as simply as I know how to put them:
1) How do I get the above pst, ost, dat, and oab files translated into what Windows 7 Outlook can use to preserve/move my address book, contacts info, and emails?
2) If those aren't the files I need to accomplish what SHOULD BE such a simple task,what and where are the ones I do need?
3) Once I find the files I need, how do I get the "new" computer's Outlook to "accept" them without trashing everything on the new computer's Outlook?
Thanks, for any help you can provide.