I did a non-destructive recovery of Win XP on my HP Pavilion a1330n. Of course I backed up my data, but not my account settings, emails, and address book in Thunderbird 3.1.7. The data I had generated in other programs was fine. But somehow every program that I had added to my machine became disassociated with all of their program files.??? Most were easy to fix. I removed the old prog in Cntrl Pnl and dropped in the disk and reinstalled them.
However, the Thunderbird program was completely empty. So I downloaded a fresh copy and installed it hoping it would detect and repopulate the program. No such luck. I need you to know that I am 60 yrs old and only 4 years old with computers. If it weren't for the GUI's I wouldn't be using one at all.
I have spent an embarrassing number of hours reading and re-reading the info on the mozillazine site!
There are just too many words that have no meaning for me in there to plan a course of action. Never the less, I did get some basic idea of what to do. I really feel that I can't afford to muddle this attempt to repopulate Thunderbird because I know the level of confusion would be such that I would not be able to sort it all out to try again. But, I DO have COPIES saved.
I have saved copies of the 3 Profiles I had in Thunderbird in My Documents.
I have saved copies of the abook.mab files separately, but in the same place.
I don't know what to do with the abook.mab.msf file though.
Actually, I don't have the foggiest idea of how to take the saved copies and put them back into the original copy of Thunderbird that is still on my computer.
Please, if someone would offer their help, please try to keep it on a 5th, well, 4th grade level in a Step 1, Step 2, Step 3 type format!
I just can't figure it from the instructions on the mozillazine site because there just aren't any 1,2,3, type instructions to follow.
I thank you from the bottom of my knotted up, and sick feeling heart!
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