How to import Outlook Express Address Book Contacts to Outlook (.WAB to Outlook)

Last updated on September 15th, 2015

Outlook and Outlook Express are two different mail applications designed by Microsoft for managing email activity. Outlook Express is not supported anymore by Microsoft and in the latest Windows operating systems Outlook Express is replaced by Windows Live Mail. Due to that change, many users upgraded their email program to Microsoft Outlook or to Windows Live Mail.

This tutorial contains detailed instructions on how to transfer Outlook Express contacts to Outlook (2007, 2010 or 2013).

Read also:
How to transfer your emails from Outlook Express into Outlook or into Windows Live Mail.
How to transfer your contacts from Outlook Express into Windows Live Mail.

How to transfer Outlook Express contacts into Outlook 2007, 2010 or 2013.

Step 1. Transfer Outlook Address book file to Windows Live Mail computer.

Notice: If Outlook is installed at the same computer where Outlook Express is also installed, then proceed to Step 3.

First of all, transfer the Address Book (.WAB) file from the computer with Outlook Express to the computer with Outlook. To do this:

1. Enable the hidden files view on your computer:

    1. Go to:  Start > Control Panel > Folder Options & click the “View” tab.
    2. Click “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” &
    3. Uncheck the “Hide protected operating system files
    4. Press  “OK

2. Copy in a USB flash drive, the “Address Book” folder found at the following path (default path) of your old computer (with Outlook Express installed):

  • C:\Documents and Settings\<Your_Username>\Application Data\Microsoft\

e.g. If your username is "Admin", then Outlook Express Address Book folder is located by default at  “C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book.

Step 2: Import Outlook Express Address Book to Windows Contacts.

At the computer with Outlook installed:

1. Plug the USB flash drive that contains the Outlook Express Address book folder from your old computer.

2. Open Address Book folder (from the USB drive) and double click at address book WAB file inside it. (commonly the WAB file, has the same name as your username on your old computer).



3. At the following screen choose Import.

import Windows Address Book contacts


4. When the import is completed, choose OK.

import contacts

Step 3. Import Outlook Address book to Outlook contacts.

1. Open Outlook.

2. From File menu, choose Import and Export.

Outlook Express Address Book to Outlook


3. At Import and Export Wizard dialog, select the Import Internet Mail and Addresses option and click Next.

Import Outlook Express Address Book to Outlook


4. At Outlook Import Tool dialog:

    1. Choose Outlook Express 4.x,5.x, 6.x or Windows Mail.
    2. Uncheck the Import Mail checkbox.
    3. Click Next.

Import Address book


5. Finally choose Finish.

Transfer Address Book to Outlook


(Wait until the Import Process completes.)

import progress


6. When the import process is completed, choose OK.

import Address book summary


Now open your Outlook contacts.

You 're done!

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