Move Outlook 2016 Contacts to Other Folders - Extremely Slow !!

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 64 bit
Email Account
- Running Outlook 2016 (365) on a Microsoft Surface.

- Have thousands of Contacts segregated by Categories in Oulook.

- Moving then into different Contact Folders.

- Whether I "drag and drop" the contacts into new folder or move them via the "move" function. It take 10 minutes to move 50 or so contacts. If I try to move a couple hundered contacts at a time Outlook will crash?

- Is there sometype of work around or 3rd party software that would help me do this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
This is in a pop3 account? It definitely shouldn't take long to move 50. It can take a little longer if you are working with, but shouldn't take 10 min.
Are they all contacts, no contact groups? (Move groups last.)
Do any of the contacts have more than on category?
Are you using custom forms?
1) Yes. This is POP3 account.
2) No, I am NOT using custom forms.
3) The contacts only have 1 Category.
4) I am trying to move several thousand of them so its been highly inefficient waiting 10 minutes to move 30 contacts.
5) Either method [dragging and dropping OR using "move" to folder function] takes forever.
6) Is there anything I am missing or some other method I can utilize?

Thanks for the help!
Is the option to check for duplicates disabled in options, people? (It will slow down moves but not this much.)

Exporting and then importing would be an option, but since you are breaking the contacts into multiple folders, it would be slower.
1) Microsoft is saying that I need to set up a new profile? Which I am afraid to do because I do not want to lose all my contacts, calendar, and emails.

2) The issue started happening when they automatically upgraded me from Outlook 2015 to 2016.
Export to a pst as a backup if you are worried, but if the accounts are pop3, you won't lose anything - everything is in pst files on your computer, you just need to reconnect the old pst to the new profile. see How to Create a New Profile for steps to use old pst files in a new profile.
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