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Changing Outlook Express default data folder

Posted on 1998-12-13
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I'd like to change the default data directories (for email and address book) in Outlook Express. How do I do that? Currently, both data files are in folders in c:\windows\application data\...
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by:bartsmit
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The setting can be changed with Regedit.
Open the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express branch and double click the Store Root entry. Don't forget to move all the files from the old location into the new one before you open Outlook express.

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by:LouieLansang
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Thanks for your help!
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by:LouieLansang
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Oops! I edited the registry as you suggested. But now, I get this message when I click to read an email message:

Outlook Express: One or more of the messages could not be opened.

Also,

The message is not cached. Please connect to your server to download the message.

I am connected to my ISP and I do get new email, but can't read them. Please help again. Thank you.
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Did you remember to copy *all* files from the old folder to the new one?

This includes the email database indexes that are now likely to cause your problems.
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