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I can't migrate my contacts from windows live mail2011 because I can't open windows live mail to convert my contacts to .VCF files, I need help!

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I've downloaded and added 'ImportExportTools 3.3.2' to Thunderbird and was able to import my previous emails from the storage folders in windows. I can't open windowslivemail2011 (which is why I'm migrating to Thunderbird) so I need some way to covert my 'contacts' file (AppData>Local>Microsoft>Windows Live>Contacts) into a file type that I can import to Thunderbird via this app. I assume that this would be to .VCF files. Help would be appreciated as I'm an 'old fellow' with not much computer experience!

I've downloaded and added 'ImportExportTools 3.3.2' to Thunderbird and was able to import my previous emails from the storage folders in windows. I can't open windowslivemail2011 (which is why I'm migrating to Thunderbird) so I need some way to covert my 'contacts' file (AppData>Local>Microsoft>Windows Live>Contacts) into a file type that I can import to Thunderbird via this app. I assume that this would be to .VCF files. Help would be appreciated as I'm an 'old fellow' with not much computer experience!

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Solved!!! Thankyou very much, I downloaded WindowsLive Essentials from majorgeeks installed LiveMail from it into Win 10, deleted the contacts file from the users/microsoft/Windows Live/ Contacts and pasted the 'contacts' file from the win 7 folder tree. Then I was able to install 'more functions for address book' as an add-on for Thunderbird and then import the address book from WinLive after having exported it to my desktop in Vcard format. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help.

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Why can you not open WLM? It runs fine here in W10, and that would offer the easiest way to export Contacts to vCards (.vcf files). I did find a method for converting the contacts.edb file to a csv file, but it is more complex.

Why can you not open [https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_live.html WLM]? It runs fine here in W10, and that would offer the easiest way to export Contacts to vCards (.vcf files). I did find a method for [http://triplescomputers.com/blog/casestudies/solution-recoverimport-windows-live-mail-contacts-to-new-computer/ converting the contacts.edb file to a csv file], but it is more complex.
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I have a dual boot on my old dell XPS Lx701 laptop. I was still using Live Mail2011 in windows7 for my emails when the program failed to start. Despite a few hours on to microsoft I failed to solve the issue of the program not starting so I went to Thunderbird in my Windows 10 partition. I do not want to purchase a program to convert the address book which is 'trapped' inside my disfunctional windowslive program as I'm not convinced that any of them would transfer the information in a form which would be readable to me. I was hoping that someone would have had experience of this. I am stuck because WLM2011 is no longer supported by microsoft and they will not supply a download of WindowsLiveEssentials which I was told I needed to re-install the program. I of course wish now that I had migrated to another email program before this but I was happy with WLM as I was familiar with its working and was not aware that support for it had ended making the erroneous assumption that as it was bundled with windows7 that it would be supported until Jan 2020. I've tried the nirsoft solution which you kindly suggested but the files did not appear when I selected the contacts,edb file. I appreciate your help here and feel that my contacts must be 'locked' in the unresponsive program. Any other suggestions would be welcome. Thank you

I have a dual boot on my old dell XPS Lx701 laptop. I was still using Live Mail2011 in windows7 for my emails when the program failed to start. Despite a few hours on to microsoft I failed to solve the issue of the program not starting so I went to Thunderbird in my Windows 10 partition. I do not want to purchase a program to convert the address book which is 'trapped' inside my disfunctional windowslive program as I'm not convinced that any of them would transfer the information in a form which would be readable to me. I was hoping that someone would have had experience of this. I am stuck because WLM2011 is no longer supported by microsoft and they will not supply a download of WindowsLiveEssentials which I was told I needed to re-install the program. I of course wish now that I had migrated to another email program before this but I was happy with WLM as I was familiar with its working and was not aware that support for it had ended making the erroneous assumption that as it was bundled with windows7 that it would be supported until Jan 2020. I've tried the nirsoft solution which you kindly suggested but the files did not appear when I selected the contacts,edb file. I appreciate your help here and feel that my contacts must be 'locked' in the unresponsive program. Any other suggestions would be welcome. Thank you
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Microsoft may not supply the installer on its own site anymore, but the link in my first reply does. See if you can re-install WLM in Win7, or failing that, install it in W10 and transfer the WLM data from W7 to W10.

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/E-mail/E-mail-Clients/Windows-Live-Mail.shtml

Microsoft may not supply the installer on its own site anymore, but the link in my first reply does. See if you can re-install WLM in Win7, or failing that, install it in W10 and transfer the WLM data from W7 to W10. https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/E-mail/E-mail-Clients/Windows-Live-Mail.shtml
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Solved!!! Thankyou very much, I downloaded WindowsLive Essentials from majorgeeks installed LiveMail from it into Win 10, deleted the contacts file from the users/microsoft/Windows Live/ Contacts and pasted the 'contacts' file from the win 7 folder tree. Then I was able to install 'more functions for address book' as an add-on for Thunderbird and then import the address book from WinLive after having exported it to my desktop in Vcard format. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help.

Solved!!! Thankyou very much, I downloaded WindowsLive Essentials from majorgeeks installed LiveMail from it into Win 10, deleted the contacts file from the users/microsoft/Windows Live/ Contacts and pasted the 'contacts' file from the win 7 folder tree. Then I was able to install 'more functions for address book' as an add-on for Thunderbird and then import the address book from WinLive after having exported it to my desktop in Vcard format. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help.
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