I have Outlook 2007 on a two year old computer running Vista. How do I copy my Outlook Contacts list and move them over to Outlook 2010 on a brand new

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I need to copy my Outlook 2007 Contacts list from an old computer with Windows Vista to Outlook 2010 Contacts list on my new laptop which is running Windows 7. I can only find out how to do this using older versions of Windows or older Versions of Outlook. Or how to reuse existing contact list when upgrading to Outlook 2010 on the same computer! . I can't use that information in THIS case. HELP! Again, moving from old computer Outlook 2007 to new computer Outlook 2010. I'd like to do this via CD copy. I am UNABLE to open the Outlook folder to specifically see PST files. When I attempt to do that, it warns me damage can be done and asks me to look for software that will open the folder!
 
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Contacts do not exist separately from the rest of your Outlook data. Hww to migrate an Outlook data file from one installation to another has been covered here extensively. The file you need is your Personal Folders file (*.pst) It's where all the mail, calendar, contacts etc are stored.

Take a look at these pages for info on Outlook data backup or transfer:
Moving Outlook to a New Computer
http://www.howto-outlook.com/Howto/backupandrestore.htm
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010771141033.aspx

Note that some of the information on the Microsoft page is outdated and contains errors, particularly when applied to Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010. Specifically:
1. Ignore any advice to copy your PST file to Outlook's default location to connect it to your profile. Doing so will often corrupt your Outlook profile. Copy it anywhere BUT the default location and then open it within your Outlook profile.
2. Ignore any advice that tells you to use export or import to transfer an entire Outlook data file. That has never been sound advice, but the process has become too deeply flawed to be trusted.

Also, when you use manual configuration for your mail accounts in Outlook 2010 (always preferable) it has a nice new option that lets you connect to a pre-existing data file when creating a new profile instead of having to jump through all the hoops of creating a new file, connecting to the pre-existing file, then disconnecting the new file.

Russ Valentine
 
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