Outlook Express-Turning Off Compacting Message

Posted on 2006-05-23
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
When I shut down Outlook Express, I get a message that OE wants to compact the folders. How do I turn this off? In Tools>Options>Maintenance, everything is unchecked. I'm running OE 6 on Win XP Pro, SP2 with latest patches.
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    Greetings, dannyelusk !

    This is a change with SP2. It does not automatically start compacting
    unless you click OK. You can use the instructions below to postpone the
    pop-up, but compacting folders while working offline is something you
    should do regularly.

    Go to: Start>Run>Regedit>OK and find this key.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{GUID for
    Identity}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0. In the right hand pane
    and find *Compact Check Count* and set the value to 0, (zero). This will
    reset the prompt, and you won't see it again for another 100 closings.

    However, if you do not compact your folders from time to time, you stand
    a good chance of your .dbx files becoming corrupt and very possibly lose
    your messages.

    Best wishes!

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