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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by stupidloanguy, Oct 6, 2008.

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  1. stupidloanguy

    stupidloanguy Thread Starter

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    I updated XP to SP3 and Office 2003 in the same day. I ran a virus scan with AVG and then a Registry clean up with Registry Mechanic.

    Now my email signatures in outlook 2003 are gone and the window to edit them is grayed out in Outlook. Did about 2 days of searching on Google and my problem lies in the registry clean up I did. I do not have a good restore point and I am not savvy enough to edit the registry, please help!

    I have a screen shot of the problem in outlook/tools/options/mail format for anyone who can help?


    Thanks,
    Erik
     

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  3. stupidloanguy

    stupidloanguy Thread Starter

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    what do I do after creating a new profile?

    Yes it wanted to create a restore point but I told it not to this time. Ooops!
     
  4. eric996

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    Have you checked to see if the Signature section on the mail format tab is grayed out still after you created the new profile? Also, make sure you are opening up the newly created profile.
     
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    The new profile is working and the signatures profile is active. Thank you!

    I created a new profile with bogus info, what do I need to do in order to clean it up?
     
  6. EAFiedler

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    Delete the bogus e-mail account and enter the e-mail account you want to use.

    Open the Personal Folders (.pst) file you were using in the previous profile:
    File > Open > Outlook Data File
    Browse to the location of the .pst file and select it, it should then appear in the new profile.
     
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    Outlook 2003 wanted to create a restore point? I haven't seen that.
     
  8. stupidloanguy

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    Thank you I will try that.

    No, the reg mechanic wanted to create a restore point, not Outlook. Sorry!
     
  9. stupidloanguy

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    I use 4 emails accounts in this profile and without even changing the master, all of the 4 show up ok. Should I leave the ficticious account email or will it cause outgoing server errors?
     
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    Lol. :)

    Only if you want to keep it, and listen to Outlook complaints, yes, I would delete it.


    Honestly, I would say your biggest problem is allowing Registry Mechanic to make any changes. Maybe it is time to give it a pink slip? :)
     
  11. stupidloanguy

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    I already downloaded Reg Cure from your site thanks!

    Ok one for time for the dummy. In my new profile, I need to create a legit email and then how do I get all 4 of the "other" email accounts I use to show up?
     
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    You will need to rekey each e-mail account in Outlook.
     
  13. nessyguin

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    And if and when you run Reg Cure remember to allow it to make a backup before applying any changes . Also remember that you may not be able to access the backup if Windows cant load because of registry problems ;)
     
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