How to export Outlook contacts from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Teodor Nechita
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Windows 7 has been discontinued, and because of this, many users are now forced to either upgrade to Windows 10, or risk remaining with a now unsupported OS.

While companies and business owners can always opt for the Windows 7 Extended Support for Business, this too is nothing more but a temporary measure.

Of course, moving to a new OS is not without any drawbacks, since users may want to take some of their personal files or folders with them during the transition.

For example, a lot of users are wondering if it is possible to move your Outlook contacts from Windows 7 to Windows 10. While the short answer is yes, we’ve decided to create this step-by-step guide to show you just how it is done.

How do I export contacts from Windows 7 to Windows 10?

The first thing you need to understand is that if you are running Outlook on Windows 7 you were probably using an older version of Outlook. Unfortunately, there is no way to migrate contacts directly from one client to another.

Fortunately enough, one workaround is exporting your entire contact list as a CSV file, and then importing it into the Outlook client of your Windows 10 PC.

The advantage of this method is that regardless of the version of Outlook you are using, CSV files are universally supported, even by the web version. As such, this is how you export Outlook contacts from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

1. Export your Outlook contacts as a CSV file

  1. Open Outlook on your Windows 10 PC
  2. Click File
  3. Select Open & Export
  4. Click Import/Exportexport csv
  5. Select Export to a file
  6. Choose Comma Separated Values (CSV)
  7. Go to the Select folder to export from box
  8. Select the contacts that are under your account
  9. Choose Browse
  10. Name your file
  11. Choose OK
  12. Confirm the location where you will save your contacts, and click Next
  13. Click Finish

Exporting contacts seems complicated? Check out the Outlook Business Contact Manager!

2. Import the CSV file in the new Outlook client

  1. Open Outlook on your Windows 7 PC
  2. Click File
  3. Select Open & Export
  4. Click Import/Export
  5. Select
  6. Choose Import from another program or file
  7. Click Next
  8. Choose Comma Separated Values (CSV)
  9. Browse to where you saved the CSV file
  10. Choose what Outlook should do with duplicate contacts
  11. Map out the columns so the data corresponds
  12. Click Finish

By following these steps, you should be able to export your contacts from one Outlook client to another.

Keep in mind that this method is effective even between PCs with the same OS, and it can even be used as a backup plan for your Outlook contacts.

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