If following that process, then do not delete or overwrite the current contacts.edb, just rename it to Contacts.edbold and move it
to another folder(spare drive, Documents etc for archiving). If a Live ID you may have to do likewise for the its 'shadow' DB Store
It may or may not work..
- you may end up with duplicate categories(one with contacts and one with zero contacts)
If corruption occurs, WLM may or may not inform, thus keep the archived copy handy just in case. As you make changes to the 'new'
contacts database, it might be wise to do periodic backups of the contact.edb, copying to a non WLM location and renaming by date
stamping the file(e.g. contacts091031.edb). If it remains stable...use it, if not you always have your original without categories.
If doing this for a Live ID,the duplicates of the Favorites Category will also most likely be present.
- Note: Favorites is not present in the Default Contacts(when not using a Live ID to signon to Windows Live in WLM)
Also for a Live ID, yncing with the web may be a problem. The web UI (people.live.com) may show your old contacts and possibly
override the local upon a sync.
Thus ymmv or you will end up with more issues than just dragging contacts to categories in the original database.
Note: To accomplish any copying, ensure that WLMail and WLMessenger are both completely shut down!
Proceed at your own risk.