Will not install Outlook Express 6 - says a newer version of IE already installed?

Posted on 2005-04-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have Outlook installed and running XP on a new computer, I am using for a business
email program, but I miss my old Outlook Express 6.0 and would like to install it
for personal email. I have tried the download but it will not install - it comes up with
the reason that "a newer version" of IE is already on the drive - I guess it is only
available bundled with IE? How can I install OE 6.0 without changing my current
browser? Can I have both a new Outlook and old OE on the same computer?
Can I download it seperately from the browser?
Question by:Chickenlil
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    Expert Comment

    This is pretty common... and ugly.

    MS has an article on how to do this at

    AFAIK, if you have installed SP2, you are SOL.

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    Expert Comment

    (The piece you want is this: "Windows XP and Windows XP SP1: Edit the registry and install Internet Explorer 6")

    Author Comment

    OK, I have checked my IE version and it is SP2
    So, if SOL means what I think it does, which
    is not a reference to the *sun*, then you are
    telling me that it won't work to even try the
    repair? I don't want to screw things up any further.

    What do you suggest then, if I can't use OE,
    can I set up a second instance of Outlook (which I
    don't really want) or can you suggest another
    email client that looks like and works like OE?
    I have Mozilla thunderbird, which I don't particularly
    like, and similar to Outlook it keeps a sidebar that
    takes up a lot of room and the Inbox is very small
    with tiny print.

    I also tried Eudora Pro and I hated it. It's brown,
    for one thing....

    Here's some more points for helping me find a solution.

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    Expert Comment

    AFAIK, there's no way to force OE to reinstall under SP2.  The registry key in the article is no longer honored once SP2 is installed.  Most of the usual recommended solutions are somewhere between dangerous and suicidal.

    However, there are a lot of choices for small, email clients - what matters most to you?  A site like Tucows  lists dozens of "email clients" under Windows > Internet > E-mail clients (

    Check the screen shots and pick one you like...


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    may b ur computer already has the outlook express software try to find [c:\Program Files\Outlook Express\MSIMN.EXE] or msimn.exe is the executeable file of outlook express find the file if u find then jst create the shourtcut otherwise u can use
    another software like incredimail or another soloution is try to reinstall the internet explorer 6.2 bcz outlook express is included in internet explorer

    Author Comment

    OKay, you made my day.
    I found the file and installed OE6.0, it was right there
    on my hard drive the whole time!

    It seems to be working and I really appreciate it.
    I learned something too - sometimes what you are
    looking for is right under your nose...

    Thanks to Burton too, I explored several other mail client
    options which was useful as well.

    You can split the points - 50 to Burton for getting
    me on the trail and 250 to Khurrm for finding the
    solution. If that works...


    Author Comment

    So sorry I forgot to Accept the answer -
    I did find OE6 and installed it, and now I have
    both Outlook and Outlook Express on the same
    computer, which is fine - keeps my business
    separate from personal email.
    thanks again,

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