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Outlook Express will not open

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by styles9797, Dec 4, 2001.

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  1. styles9797

    styles9797 Thread Starter

    Nov 21, 2001
    I am running Windows 98 and using Microsoft Outlook Express 5.0 for my email. It was running fine last night and then I went to use it this morning and it will not open. I double click on the icon and the hour glass will come up for about 2 seconds and then disappear. I can't lose any of my emails because they are very important ones. Please help. Thanks in advance.

  2. jbcalg


    Oct 29, 2001
    first off
    you won't lose anything - they're either there and you can't see them right now
    or they're gone already

    use windows explorer and find a windows subdirectory something like this:
    C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Identities\{xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}\Microsoft\Outlook Express
    that should have .dbx files like drafts, folders, inbox, sent, etc
    - this is where Oe stores your emails

    copy and paste the entire subdirectory somewhere else on you hard drive - just in case

    then look for this directory: C:\Program Files\Outlook Express
    msimn.exe is the file that starts the program
    click/double click on it, see if the same thing happens

    then i'd run a virus scan and spyware scan
  3. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

    Aug 26, 2001
    If you doubleclick C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\Msimn.exe, does Outlook Express open?

    If not, maybe you should try upgrading to <A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/recommended/ie55sp2/default.asp">Internet Explorer 5.5 SP2</A> which Includes Outlook Express 5.5.

    This will most probably solve your problem, and it's advisable anyway, if only because many security issues have been fixed in the meantime as well.

    Good luck,
  4. rylz


    Aug 31, 2000
    hi styles.....this may be irrelevant, but my Outlook express was down for 4 days and I found out it was my DSL provider doing a "conversion" or something.
    Check that out too.....I drove myself nuts trying to reconfigure, etc....

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