Outlook Express (OE) is part of Windows. It has become corrupt and fails to start with a an error (at startup of OE) that msoe.dll is missing. When this dll is copied from another PC it still will not start. So I must reinstall OE without reinstalling Windows as there are valuable applications that cannot be reinstalled after the reformat install of Windows as the App CDs are lost. Plus it will take time to backup the personal files also of which there are many.
(1) How can I Remove and reinstall OE in Windows XP Home SP2 without reinstalling Windows. A Repair install is very undesirable here (even if it might work) as repair installs sometimes hang in the middle and then the PC will not boot. And it does boot now and work except for OE.
There is ONE other sympotom: The PC became slow at the same time OE stopped starting. But I prefer to not go there. If there is virus/spyware then I will reinstall OE, the problem will reoccur and then I will look for Spyware/Virus, not in the other order. Please stick to the questions asked here in your reply. I know how to get rid of spyware/virus if needed.
(2) Also if sfc in a DOS window might fix this than please say that BUT also please reply to (1) above in case sfc (if advisable) does NOT fix the problem.
Assume that a Retail Windows XP Home SP2 CD is available if needed (for either (1) or (2) above) but it is NOT the one used to install XP on the PC in question. This available CD has been activated on ONE PC (over the internet) and another PC also by calling MS for activation. I believe activation issues are irrelvant here as I do not plan to use it for a full/reformat install or a repair install (and the latter use will activate in any case).
I.e In reality OE is a SEPARATE application that MS happens to include with Windows. It is NOT REALLY part of Windows, right?? So there should be a way of Removing and reinstalling it just like any other application.
Please do not skip over the REMOVE part of my question!! OE does not appear in the Add/Remove programs list so this is not a no-brainer. Instructions to just reinstall OE are NOT sufficient here unless you are convinced it will find and remove all corrupt parts of the current OE. And we cannot assume that msoe.dll (usually found in the Program Files/Outlook Express folder) is the ONLY problem; there could be others.
I have posted this under Outlook as there is no OE category in EE email PLUS when one calls MS Tech support on OE you DO NOT get transfered to the Windows group, you get transfered to the MS Office group!!! who told me that OE and Outlook (part of MS Office) are really supported by the same group and not by the MS Windows group.