Convert PST to WAB to Import into Outlook Express

“Hii, last week my outlook account got crashed and after recovering data from that outlook account, I was still not able to restore my address book which was very important to me. I don’t want this scenario happened to me in the future. Can anyone suggest me a perfect technique, method or tool to convert PST to WAB or vCard or any other format, so that I export it to some other application apart from Outlook?” While searching the internet, I have found many user queries that have questions regarding concern to convert PST to WAB. Many users store their data on the desktop based email clients like Outlook but sometimes they try to create their backup in another form.Are you one of those users who wants to export PST to WAB? Need not to worry, here in this blog, we are going to discuss all the possible manual as well as the automated solution like vCard Exporter Tool to migrate PST to WAB.Before proceeding with the steps to convert PST to WAB, let’s have a look at the WAB file format.

Windows Address Book

Windows Address Book is the component of Windows that lets you store the contact information. WAB is mainly used in Outlook Express. Basically,  WAB is an application that creates local database and user interface that helps in finding the user information on a particular system.

Manual Solution to Convert PST to WAB

Step 1: Export PST Contacts to CSV

  • Again, open the Import and Export Wizard.
  • This time select Export to a File and click Next.
  • Then, select Comma Separated Values(CSV) and click Next.
  • Next, select the Outlook Contacts folder and click Next.
  • Finally, Browse to the folder location where the Contacts CSV will be saved.
  • And, click Next and then Finish.

Step 2: Import CSV Contacts to Outlook Express

  • First, open Outlook Express on the Windows PC.
  • Then, go to File>>Import>>Other Address Book.
  • Next, Browse to the folder location where the Outlook CSV is saved.
  • Then, click Open to convert PST to WAB contacts.

Now, all your Outlook PST contacts have been converted to WAB. You can use this Windows Address Book to any WAB supporting application.

Also Read : Import Multiple .eml Files into Outlook – Convert EML to PST in Few Steps

Limitations of the Manual Solution

The manual method is time taking and is very lengthy.The limited number of contacts can be imported through the manual solution.The technique is very difficult for a technical person. Technical expertise is required.

Alternative Solution

As there are many drawbacks of the manual solution, it is highly recommended to use vCard Export Tool. The software will directly convert PST to WAB without any delay and problem.


Now, you know how to convert PST to WAB with manual as well as an automated solution. You can use any of the methods but it is better to use the automated software as they are more reliable and convenient.

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