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Exporting files from Outlook Express

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Hello:

I cant' export files from Outlook Express. I get a message" Either there is no default client or the current mail client cannot fulfill the message requested. Please run Outlook and set it as default mail client". Also I get a error message"An error occured while initalizing MAPI". I set Outlook Express as my email account but the setting switches back to Outlook. Outlook is not running on mp pc so this behavior is weird. Any ideas?

Degus
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Top Expert 2004

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Are you sure you donot have Microsoft outlook installed on your machine ? Do you have office package and make sure you had installed outlook with it ?

For making OE as default try these locations

a) go inside IE
go to tools --> Internet options --> Programs and for email , choose "Outlook express"

b) Go inside OE
go tools --> options and in "general" tab
click  "make default" under "this application is the default mail handler"

c) If you have windows xp , right-click " Start"
go to "properties"
go to "customize" under "Start menu" and choose Outlook express as default

d) make sure you donot have any other email client

e) Make sure you have logged in as admininistrator mode

f) Check for spywares and virus in the system
Top Expert 2004

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Also check this link  : http://itdomino.act.com/act.nsf/docid/200111127652
that is given for outlook , might work for Outlook express .. Try it
Top Expert 2004

Commented:
Similar suggestion from MS KB

OLEXP: MAPI Error Messages When You Import or Export Messages
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q179637

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Hello:

Sunray: Thanks for all your suggestions. The solution that worked was reinstalling Outlook. After the reinstall, I ran Outlook Express and was able to export my emails. The only problem is I do not know where the emails were exported to because Outlook Express did not give the option to save to a perticular folder. Can you tell me what is happening here?

Degus
Top Expert 2004

Commented:
Ok.. How did you export the files from outlook express ? did you go to file --> export --> messages

This will basically export the messages to Outlook or Microsoft exchange .Try opening outlook and check if all messages are exported there ..

Or what you can do is open Outlook express , open Outlook and then do the export process again

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Hello:

Sunray: You are correct. I just found that the messages that I exported from Outlook Express were exported to Outlook. (I have a bunch of duplicates in Outlook). Is it possible to get an option to export files to my hard drive using Outlook Express? I really do not like using Outlook.

Degus
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Hello:

Sunray: I tried opening both Outlook & Outlook Express, and exporting from Outlook Express, but the messages gets exported to Outlook. It seems to work by default.


Degus
Top Expert 2004

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yes that is correct .... it is the default

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Hello:

I guess we can't change that?

Degus
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no
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