Here is what happened: Backed up everything, and then did a clean install of Windows 7. Discover there is no email app in Windows 7. So use something else...
BUT although all of the contacts are backed up and are available in a contacts folder. They were not exported to csv or anything. So all the conbtacts are availble, jut not usable in anything else.
Any simple way to push all of these into a single file so they can be imported into ANYTHING else?
I might add here that the Windows Live will not allow me to import any .contact format user information at all, and certainly not more than one at a time.( I just tried) These contacts were NOT exported to a csv format. They are individually readable within Windows, but that is about it.
I don't know how to make this more clear. The contacts are saved in a contacts folder, AS individual contacts, but since windows mail is not available, they are NOT exportable using it. If they were already exported to a file, there would be no problem.