Outlook 2000 and Windows 7

  SURVEY 11:59 15 Dec 2011

Migrating froma XP computer to a Windows 7 laptop. Saved my Outlook 2000 data's .pst file and copied it to the laptop. Loaded Outlook 2000 to the laptop. Outlook screen does load and tried to import the .pst file but however I do this I am told that the WAB.dll fle is missing. I only use Outlook for contacts and calendar and not as my email client. I appreciate that Outlook 2000 may not be compatible with Windows 7 but would copying over the WAB file to somewhere(?) on the laptop enable all to work? If necessary, I am quite happy to buy an up to date version of Outlook but do not want to do so until I know that it will successfully import my .pst file.

  Woolwell 12:20 15 Dec 2011

As you have discovered Outlook 2000 doesn't work well, if at all, with Windows 7. If you used it for e-mail then you would find it didn't remember the password and other problems. WAB was associated with Outlook Express which isn't available for Windows 7 so copying that file over will not work.

You could investigate exporting your contacts as a csv file and then importing into Windows Contacts on the laptop. You may lose some formatting.

Exporting the calendar to Windows Calendar may be more difficult.

Don't see why newer versions should not be able to import the old pst files but seems an expensive fix.

  rawprawn 12:21 15 Dec 2011

I think you just need to get all the service packs for office up to date SP3 is the latest

  Woolwell 12:23 15 Dec 2011

BTW you could consider not using Outlook at all but Google calendar and contacts. You should be able to export to Google calendar and get it to import/sync with windows calendar.

  SURVEY 15:09 15 Dec 2011

Hi Woolwell - I do use google to some extent but Outlook used to have a nice interface and seemed professional. I have never used Outlook as an email client and maybe that is the way to go to get away from WLM which looks a mess on screen.

  Woolwell 15:49 15 Dec 2011

The latest Outlook has a very different interface to Outlook 200O so make sure that you will like it before buying.

  robin_x 16:07 15 Dec 2011

I have Office2000 working except for Outlook.

I spent quite a while Googling the problems and gave up in the end.

Password problem as mentioned.

Only one IMAP account at a time would sort of work.

Two WAB .dlls were missing for the address book. (I did find downloads for them online somewhere and stuck them in system32 or wherever they were supposed to go)

In the end, Mozilla Thunderbird to the rescue and very happy I have been with it.

  SURVEY 16:16 15 Dec 2011

robinofloxley - I would live with WLM but maybe will look at Thunderbird, especially if its layout and simplicity is akin to Outlook Express. My main concern now is to preserve my old Outlook contacts/addresses which ater in a saved .pst file in order to ensure that at some time I will be able to import these to a useful program!

  robin_x 16:23 15 Dec 2011

Calendars in Thunderbird are Add-on/Extensions

I use Reminderfox in Firefox so can't advise further.

  Woolwell 17:02 15 Dec 2011

Export your contacts to a csv file which many programs will accept whereas they will not accept pst. Have a look at what you can export your calendar as, perhaps ical. pst only really works with Outlook.

I use Outlook on my desktop and Thunderbird with the calendar extension on my laptop. I sync the laptop, ipad and smartphone through Google.

  SURVEY 19:25 25 Dec 2011

I have some important contacts held in my outlook 2000 .pst file, that I reckon I shall have to buy the latest Outlook for the contacts section and maybe calendar alone. I could then investigate whetehr to change from Windows Live to Outlook as my mail client.

I assume that the latest Windows 7 Outlook will easily import my .pst file? Anyone done this?

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