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Outlook Express Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I think I need to re-install OE
It may not be necessary to re-install OE. Many times, the following information is a solid fix for many problems.

Try using Internet Explorer's repair option:

Go to: 

  1. Start>> Settings>> Control Panel. Double click on Add/Remove programs. 
  2. Scroll down until you find Microsoft Internet Explorer.
  3. Highlight it and click the Add/Remove button. 

Note: This will not attempt to remove Internet Explorer.

  1. From the resulting menu; select "Repair Internet Explorer".

If the above repair does not work:

  1. Use the Find option on your Start menu to find the file "msimn.exe" and make a note of the full pathname. You'll probably find that it's something like "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe". If it isn't there, make a note of where it actually is, and alter it in the details I've given you below.
  2. Next, make sure OE isn't running, click Start>> Run>> and then enter the following:

    "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" /reg

Note: You need to make sure you put the quotes round the first part, and make sure there's a space before the /reg.

This tells Outlook Express to reset its registry entries, which should allow you to set OE as your default mail client in IE's Program options.





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