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Outlook Express & Windows 10 Update
#21
(04-29-2017, 02:00 AM)Rafail Wrote: Usually windows 10 updates are not deleting email folders. You can run restore tool and switch identities to see if your emails are back.
Making backups on email folders frequently is always a good idea.

(04-29-2017, 10:27 PM)TomP Wrote:
(04-29-2017, 02:00 AM)Rafail Wrote: Usually windows 10 updates are not deleting email folders. You can run restore tool and switch identities to see if your emails are back.
Making backups on email folders frequently is always a good idea.

Thanks Rafail. Could you please comment on my question #2? Thanks
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#22
Is is dangerous deleting email folders. But you can first back up them all and after making sure that you have a copy of them, you can try deleting the old inbox.dbx files when outlook express is open. So if it allows you to delete it when oe is running, it means that this file is not used and you can delete it. In any case, make a backup first.
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#23
Rafail, can you change the default location of the installed files from C:\Program Files (x86)\Outlook Express to the user equivalent of the "My Documents" folder? I copy and pasted to C:\Users\vernon\Documents\Outlook Express and in there I clicked on the executable that starts OE msinm.exe and sent it to the desktop as a shortcut and it works quite well from there.

The reason for my thought is in any updates, Windows 10 does not change any programs or files/folders in the main user's "folder" that contain various other folders like picture, videos, documents and others.

Just a thought on a way to work around the deleting of this Outlook Express files in the "Program Files (x86) folders.

Vern
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#24
Hello,
for compatibility reasons, the path cannot be changed. if you change it moving the files, some features may not work correctly.
Rafael
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#25
Rainbow 
Thank you for the Info.

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#26
Thank you.
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#27
Well, I have disabled Windows auto updater, and windows has auto updated and removed Outlook Express, and I have lost 20,000 E Mails, I have just spoken to Microsoft by telephone and what a waste of time that was.......nobody knows anything about why this has happened.



What do I do now?, I thought I would try system restore to a time before the update, but there are no restore points. Angry
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#28
Please try using restore tool:
https://runasxp.com/Topic-Windows-10-upd...store-tool

Your emails should be on c:\windows.old folder. Restore tool should recover them if windows.old folder is still there.
Making backups is suggested to avoid such issues.
Rafael
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#29
I don't think all your email is deleted either. A lot of time it stays behind in the default "store" folder.  I long ago moved the store folder from the default location to another drive.  I'm able to boot into XP, Windows 10 (desktop non domain) as well as my domain user name and the store folder is at the exact same location.  Therefore, any downloaded email is always kept on a separate drive in my computer, and used by OE6  whether I booted into Windows XP Pro (sp3) OR my Windows 10 Pro version.

Microsoft is useless in these situations as they have long ago abandoned Outlook Express  with the end of Windows XP.
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#30
Hello Rafael,
I have used OE for a long time now and I have found that the easiest way to help keep your email folders safe from Windows updates, as well as for ease of backups is the following:

1. Create your own email folders in the Windows Documents folder. Email folders to be for each Identity you use.
2. Open OE and on the OE menu go to Tools/Maintenance.
3. Go down to the item Store folder.
4. Click on Change.
5. Then type in the name of the folders you have created in Documents.
6. Click OK.

After this you have to restart the Outlook Express program and your emails and subfolders should be there.
Set up Outlook Express for your own preferences after this.

If you have lost OE  due to Windows updates and you have to load OE again, just follow the same procedure after OE has been downloaded.

Give it a try, it works for me.
Henk
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