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BCM Problem ... Lost Contacts

Hopefully you can help me. My OS is XP. Last night I was using Outlook (2003) and got an error message that said "Business Contact Manager has encountered a problem and has to close". I hit the Don't send button but each time it continually restarted Outlook and gave me the same error message. I tried just closing out the error message and also clicking the send message button but always the same result where it closed outlook but immediately restarted it and got same error message. I reinstalled BCM but same thing. I them uninstalled BCM and that allowed me back into Outlook without the error message but all of my BCM contacts (~ 1,000 of them) are mising! I then reinstalled BCM again and error message again appeared but this time I tried to check my contacts but No BCM contacts and not even any recognition on Outlook that BCM is installed (pulled down help but no BCM help or Business Tools like it always had before). I unistalled BCM again so I could have access to using Outlook. I am a loyal Outlook user so obviously my productivity is currently hurting. Thanks in advance for your reply.

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The BCM uninstallation doesn't delete your databases. They should still be on your computer here:

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application

With either a *.mdf or *.ldf extension. Those are SQL databases which you can get the data off and into a CSV file which you can import into outlook (of course technical expertise is needed) or you could more easily (once the problem with BCM is resolved), make BCM re-recognize the databases by following these instructions:

1. Go into BCM and create a new database. That database needs to match the
name of the .MDF file. So if the MDF file is named "MyBusiness.MDF", create
a new BCM Database with that name

2. Stop the MSSQL$MICROSOFTSMLBIZ Server by going to Start > Run >
services.msc and selecting the MSSQL$MICROSOFTSMLBIZ service
3. Copy the original .mdf & .ldf files over the blank database. They should
be in the following location
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application
Data\Microsoft\Business Contact Manager

4. Start the Server again (see step 2)
5. Restart BCM and see if you can access your data

which I found here (credit to Larry from the Lockergnome's forums).

If you could write what the error message is I could possibly help you resolve the BCM problem you're having, thereby making it easier for you to view the data on the SQL database files.

Posted on Jan 05, 2008

  • Yonatan Horan Jan 05, 2008

    You could also transfer the database files to another computer with a working copy of BCM running and follow the above instructions for it to recognize the files.

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