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I recently had to reformat my c: drive, so I deleted IE4, OE4 and everything else. I guessed I might want my old e-mails, so zipped them up and saved on a separate drive. I have since installed Win 98, IE5 and OE5 and would like OE5 to be able to read my old inbox, sent items etc. I have unzipped everything back to the OE5 area in Windows\Application data\ etc. but OE5 won't recognise them directly and won't import them either (I followed the procedure in Help).  I have tried unzipping to a separate temporary directory and trying to read or import from there, but no luck either.  OE5 tells me there are no files to import in that location or they are already in use by another program (which they aren't).  Any suggestions?
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by:obuckley
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I have fielded some advice involving manipulating the mbx files etc in OE4, then importing into OE5. Unfortunately, I no longer have OE4.  When I try to re-install it from an old IE4 disk, it will not allow me to do so as I have the more recent IE5 installed now.  I suppose I could remove IE5, reinstall IE4, tweak the files, then upgrade to IE5, but there must surely be an easier way.  Isn't there?
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by:obuckley
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Well, I don't even appear to have an easy way of uninstalling IE5.  Ctrl Panel's Remove Programs offers me the option to remove OE5, but not IE5, so I am a bit unwilling to try just deleting directories.
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by:reddarin
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obuckley,

I haven't had anything useful to say so I haven't posted anything :). But, I didn't want you to think your question was not noticed.

Darin
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ahgray earned 200 total points
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1) make sure you have the files in a folder labeled MAIL
2) tell OE5 to import from OE4
3) In the browse do NOT click on the MAIL folder, but click instead on the folder that the MAIL folder is in.

Isn't that absurd!
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by:obuckley
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AH, with your brains and my beauty, we could have made wonderful babies.
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