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Outlook 2003 all messages are blank

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I have recently installed Outlook 2003 and have recently connected to an Exchange 2003 server.  When I open any message the messages are blank.  I can see who it is from and the subject line but not the message.  Below are things I have done so far but first here is my configuration.

Windows XP with SP2
Outlook 2003 with SP1


Things I have tried:

Checked settings and made sure it was set to "Download Full Items"
Installed service pack 1 for Outlook 2003
Sent a message to myself
Sent a plain text message to myself from another computer
Deleted and re-created the profile for that connection
Tried connecting to that account on a Windows 2000 machine running Outlook XP and it worked fine
Tried a different persons account on that Exchange server from the problem computer and still had the same issue
Turned on Preview pan and same problem
Turned on autopreview and I could see messages
Tested it from web based console and I could see messages
I can see messages in the Public folder
Connected to an Exchange 5.5 and I could see messages fine


Anyone else have anything to try?

Thanks in advance for your help,
Andrew
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Andrew,

So basically when you have autopreview turned on , you can see the messages at the bottom of the window but when you double-click an email so that it opens in a new window, you cannot view the body of the message , right ?

Also have you tested all 3 formats of sending rich text, plain text and html and do they all show the same behavior ?

Are you able to open messages in your sent items, outbox , deleted items and do they show fine ?

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Are you using word as default email editor ? Turn it off if you had it on and see if that makes any difference

Also try detect and repair going to word and in outlook and see the difference
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Also try these

Close outlook

Start--> Run  --> Typein : regsvr32 inetcomm.dll

Start --> Run  --> typein: regsvr32 mlang.dll

Now open outlook and check

SR
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>>So basically when you have autopreview turned on , you can see the messages at the bottom of the window but when you double-click an email so that it opens in a new window, you cannot view the body of the message , right ?

Autopreview NOT Preview Pane - autopreview shows the first couple lines of the message in a list of messages.  Preview Pane does not work or when I double-click on the message so that it opens in a new window I can not view the body of the message.

>>Also have you tested all 3 formats of sending rich text, plain text and html and do they all show the same behavior ?

Yes all three formats same issue.

>>Are you able to open messages in your sent items, outbox , deleted items and do they show fine ?

No same issue in all those places.  However I can open a message in the public folders fine.

>>Are you using word as default email editor ? Turn it off if you had it on and see if that makes any difference

Turned that off with no success

>>Also try detect and repair going to word and in outlook and see the difference

Just tried that now and no success

>>Start--> Run  --> Typein : regsvr32 inetcomm.dll
>>Start --> Run  --> typein: regsvr32 mlang.dll

Just tried that now and no success


One of the things that has me puzzled is when I connect to an Exchange 5.5 server I have no problem seeing messages.  I only have this problem connecting to an Exchange 2003.  But if I use my account on that Exchange 2003 on a computer running Windows 2000 and Outlook XP I have no problem seeing messages.  I also have no problem seeing those messages using the web interface.

Anything else?

Thanks,
Andrew
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I figured out my problem with the body of messages not showing up.  I have been using PGP to decrypt sales order messages for 3 years and it has always worked well with every version of Outlook and our old Exchange 5.5 server.  Outlook 2003 doesn't like the following setting when connected to a Exchange server 2003.

Automatically decrypt/verify when opening messages

Turned that setting off and now it works great.

Andrew
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