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bbsnooks

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hello,
I have an Icon with a window's flag with the ~
under it .. and I dont know what it is or what to do with it
can I delete it? how do I finnd out?
thanks
Deb
 

bbsnooks

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well I went to (below) to download the patch.. and it said I needed XP... However I'm running a win98 computer here.. ( well it's my mothers..)

I wonder if there are other options for this file or..

I'm wondering .. she's had so many difficulties with the IE6 and OEXpress 6 in the past.. Is therer a way to revert back to the previous version . and would it be worth it??
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...f1-10ab-4850-9064-3070ce1f948a&displaylang=en
 
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Can I Delete the ~ File?

The simple answer is yes, the file can be deleted. However if it is deleted, you wont have a backup of your Windows Address Book if a virus or something else corrupts it or you accidentally delete the information in the address book. So I wouldnt necessarily delete the file without backing it up first. Personally, here are the steps I would take to remain safe in case you need the file again.

1. Right click on the file and choose Rename
2. Type in a name for the file and add the .wab extension to it
For Example, you might want to rename it to addressbook.wab or something similar
3. Now, put a blank, formatted floppy disk in your floppy drive and right-click on the newly named file
4. Choose Send To, Floppy Drive (most likely A)
5. Now the file is backed up in case of emergency, right-click on the file on your desktop and choose Delete

Each time you make a change to your address book, this file will reappear so its a good idea to keep that floppy drive around and make a backup each time you make changes. This protects you from losing valuable email addresses in case of a disaster.

An alternative to this would be to change the Start in option for Outlook Express. This has been suggested by a few visitors and works well.

* Find the shortcut to Outlook Express and right-click on it
* Click on Properties
* Make sure Read-only is unchecked on the General tab
* Click on the Shortcut tab
* In the "Start In" field, change it to an alternative path where the tilde file will appear, for example C:\
* Click on Apply
 
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