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Your email and contact information should be backed up as part of your overall backup strategy. Or you may want to export them.
Hi, Leo. Where does Windows Live Mail, under Windows 7, store my contact details? I'd like to be able to back up those details.
In this excerpt from Answercast #11, I locate the directory where the contacts and email are stored, but then suggest another approach to keeping them backed up.
So, I have two answers for you.
First, I'll actually answer your question:
That folder contains the files that are used by Windows Live contacts to store your contacts.
Another approach that I would suggest you do instead (and backing up those files is good - don't get me wrong - but to back up only those files for your contacts doesn't necessarily make a lot of sense):
If you're just wanting to save your contact information, what I would suggest you do instead is in Windows Live Mail, when you're looking at your contacts, use the export function and export them as a CSV file. Comma Separated Values is what CSV stands for.
The reason I suggest that is because that is a generic text file format which can typically be read by other contact management programs.
In other words, the files that you might find in the folder I mentioned (Windows Live contacts) will work only with Windows Live contacts. Quite possibly, they will only work if you put those back in exactly the right place.
On the other hand, a CSV file (containing all of the contact data) is something that you could use pretty much anywhere.
In fact, since it's a CSV file, you can read it in a program such as Excel or some other spreadsheet program, such as Open Office Calc.
So, for a more generic way to save your contacts, I strongly recommend the export model rather than try to find the specific data files. Windows Live contacts might be kept in an encoded binary format that really wouldn't be very useful for you to look at directly.
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