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Solved: Annoying announcement from Outlook Express

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by Broderfund, Jun 29, 2007.

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  1. Broderfund

    Broderfund Thread Starter

    Jun 29, 2007
    Just recently, my Outlook Express program has started to display the following annoying message when I log off of OE:

    "To free up disk space, Outlook Express can compact messages. This may take up to a few minutes"

    I have no interest in compacting my messages. I know it seems like a minor pain, but I'm getting tired of having to "X" out the message every time.

    Anybody know how to eliminate this message?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. EAFiedler

    EAFiedler Retired Moderator

    Apr 25, 2000
    Hi Broderfund

    That message shows after the 100th closing of Outlook Express.
    It is best to Compact your messages periodically, the .dbx files grow when messages are moved or deleted. The wasted space in the .dbx files can be reclaimed by Compacting the Message Store.

    Keep your Inbox empty, move messages you want to keep to folders of your own creation in Outlook Express.

    With Service Pack 2, Outlook Express is set to ask about Compacting messages after every 100th closing of Outlook Express. Before Service Pack 2, the default behavior had Outlook Express set to compact messages in the background which has lead to the corruption of the message store.
    Compact the messages manually, reset the Registry value which keeps track how many times Outlook Express has been closed.

    Why does OE insist on compacting folders when I close it?
    Close all programs and as a precaution create a Restore Point first.

    To reset without Compacting
    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.

    Let us know if the message stops occurring.
  3. throoper

    throoper Trusted Advisor (deceased)

    Jan 20, 2007
    Please follow EA's advice. If you don't compact, OE can develop problems that will be a "major pain". Added benefit is that compacting generates backup files that get stored in the Recycle Bin. Drag them out to a folder for safekeeping.
  4. Broderfund

    Broderfund Thread Starter

    Jun 29, 2007
    Thanks, EAFiedler and Throoper, for your prompt and appreciated help. I followed your advice and things are fine!
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