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Outlook Express Compact Notification on Startup

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#1 jyxavier


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Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:05 AM

Ok, so I get the message "To free up disk space outlook express can compact messages" every time I start my computer. I have Windows Desktop Search install, but have confirmed that Outlook Express isn't set to index. I have also reset this (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{GUID}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0) registry entry to 0 manually because this message is suppose to pop-up anytime the count is over 100. I don't use Outlook Express at all, and have confirmed it isn't installed on my system. When I restart, the registry entry listed above resets to the last value + 1. Anybody have some insight on what else might be happening. I have tried looking if any particular process which owns the pop-up message as well without luck. Out of ideas, and looking for help.


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Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:46 AM

This is the process detailed elsewhere.

Look for this key in the Registry:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{GUID}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0
Double click the Compact Check Count
Select the Base option for Decimal and change the value to 0
This should change both the Hexadecimal and decimal values to zero.
Close the Registry.

Double click the Compact Check Count <-- this bit is not detailed in your post so I'm not sure if you've done it or not?
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Posted 11 February 2009 - 11:28 AM

This step involves making changes in the registry. Always back up your registry before making any changes.

Go to Start Run and type: regedit
Click OK.
On the left side, click to highlight My Computer at the top.
Go up to File Export
Make sure in that window there is a tick next to "All" under Export Branch.
Leave the "Save As Type" as "Registration Files".
Under "Filename" put RegBackup.
Choose to save it to C:\
Click save and then go to File Exit.

Or you can download and use ERUNT which is an excellent free tool that allows you to to take a snapshot (backup) of your registry before making changes and restore it when needed.
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