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I have been told, and, have read about nightmares people have on AOL especially when it comes to email. All the emails reside on the AOL server, so does your address book.
Forwarding your AOL emails to another account is tedious, but fairly easy. The migration of your email address book is the biggest hassle and involves risks. In general, people don't like to loose their address book. There are softwares that do the trick but they cost close to $50. Here freedom is free.
We have discovered an easy and safe way to do this migration. The method uses software that is already existing on many computers, if you don't have it, will show you where to get it.
The software you need is the following:
1. Netscape Navigator, I used version 7.1
2. Outlook Express (not Outlook). For Outlook Express, I used version 6
You can download Netscape at:
You can download Outlook Express at:
Internet Explorer Latest Version (English) which includes Outlook Express.
All we are going to do is show you how to have these software communicate with each others to copy you address book from AOL into Outlook Express. Copying is safer because your original will remain on the AOL server.
In Netscape, there is a function that allows you to synchronize Netscape and AOL, meaning you will have two address books that are mirrors of each other. The following is how you do it:
Synchronizing Entries with Your Webmail or AOL Address Book
Now we have 2 address books, one of them on your computer, outside AOL, hurray!!!
Next step is to get this address book outside the Netscape program and accessible to other programs such as Outlook Express. The following is how to do it:
a Netscape Address Book
your Address Book into Outlook Express
I created an address book in Netscape and Exported it to my desktop. Now, the address book is accessible to other programs. The file extension of the file I exported was .ldif. The next thing is to use Outlook Express to import the file. The following is the page from Microsoft that tells you how to do it, it is very simple. In the link I am posting, it mentions older versions of Outlook Express, I used 6, which is newer, and it worked fine. The following is the link at Microsoft where you could find the simple directions:
Good Luck!!!! and since it is free, assess independently, and use at your own risk.
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