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Can't open Outlook Express 6 mail folder

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#1 mr88oh


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Posted 21 December 2010 - 04:12 PM

I still have Windows ME, but plan to buy a new computer before Christmas. I wanted to backup my OE 6 messages.
I followed instructions I found online, but when I try to open the folder I think I backed up on my external drive (at least an icon is there), all I get is "Open With". None of the programs I have will open it. It's a dbx file.
Is there a program that will open an OE 6 email file folder in my external drive that works with Windows ME?
If there isn't, I'll stop looking. But, if there is ...


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Posted 21 December 2010 - 05:12 PM

Follow post number 2 in this thread: http://www.askmehelpdesk.com/email/import-dbx-files-outlook-express-windows-mail-vista-86458.html I am sure it will be the same for Windows 7.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 12:53 PM

Here is an explanation of how OE stores files and their locations. If I recall, the DBX files are in a special format that only OE can read.
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 02:22 PM

Now your emails and folders on WinME are all stored in C:\Windows\Application Data\Identities\{750F7368-E52F-4173-9815-82DE3F559F9C}\Microsoft\Outlook Express all in *.dbx files. Your 750F7368-E52F-4173-9815-82DE3F559F9C folder will have different numbers and letters.

The way to pack them would be to open OE and select File/Folders/Compact all folders before you zip that folder. If you have WinZip installed then just select the Outlook Express folder and right-click on it and select WinZip to Outlook Express.zipthat will create the zip file in the next folder up. You just copy that file to a flash drive ready for your new computer.

Now you haven't said which operating system you are having on the new computer as Outlook Express is no longer used on Vista or Win7. Vista uses "C:\Program Files\Windows Mail\WinMail.exe" but you can import all your emails back in there the same way you import in OE with WinME. The other thing you need to save is your Address Book I think thats in C:\Windows\Application Data\Identities\{750F7368-E52F-4173-9815-82DE3F559F9C}\Microsoft\Address Book just zip that folder as well. You can import it back on new computer when you are ready.

Any problems let me know. :wink:


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