Backing up your Outlook Express Address Book is a lot easier than backing up the email folders, since you don’t have the hassle of figuring out where the Address Book is located. Outlook Express has a built-in feature for backing up your Address Book.
First, start Outlook Express. Then, open the Address Book by clicking on the Addresses icon.
Select “Main Identity” (or which ever identity’s addresses you want to back up.
Then, still on the Address Book window, click on File, Export and Address Book (WAB)…
You’ll get a standard Windows dialog box for file saving. The top line is misleading “Select Address Book file to Export to.” It really memans, pick where you want to save it and give it a file name — say, “20060115-oe-address-book” and press enter.Windows will save the exported address book.
Notice, in particular, that I selected the Export Address Book function from within the Address Book itself. If you do this from Outlook Express’ main window, you will export a Microsoft Exchange file or individual .vcf “business cards.” Importing the individual .vcf files would be a slow and tedious process.