Need to load my contacts list and information from my office outlook - older version to my home outlook 2010

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I have an older version of outlook or outlook express on my office computer, I'm trying to move the contact info to my home computer where I've just installed Outlook 2010. I exported the contact into to a flash drive but can't figure out how to import it to 2010.
 
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Outlook and Outlook Express have nothing to do with one another. It is essential to clarify which you are actually going to use.

Why and how did you export your Contacts? We can't answer your question until we know that. Exporting is not a recommended way to trasfer Outlook data. All your data resides in an Outlook data file which you should simply copy if you want to migrate it. The file you need is your Personal Folders file (*.pst) It's where all the mail, calendar, contacts etc are stored.

Take a look at these pages for info on Outlook data backup or transfer:
Moving Outlook to a New Computer
http://www.howto-outlook.com/Howto/backupandrestore.htm
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010771141033.aspx

Note that some of the information on the Microsoft page is outdated and contains errors, particularly when applied to Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010. Specifically:
1. Ignore any advice to copy your PST file to Outlook's default location to connect it to your profile. Doing so will often corrupt your Outlook profile. Copy it anywhere BUT the default location and then open it within your Outlook profile.
2. Ignore any advice that tells you to use export or import to transfer an entire Outlook data file. That has never been sound advice, but the process has become too deeply flawed to be trusted.

Also, when you use manual configuration for your mail accounts in Outlook 2010 (always preferable) it has a nice new option that lets you connect to a pre-existing data file when creating a new profile instead of having to jump through all the hoops of creating a new file, connecting to the pre-existing file, then disconnecting the new file.

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