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Recover E-mails From Outlook Express After Installing Windows XP

Posted on 2006-11-17
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Experts, I am working on a computer that was recently upgraded from windows 2000 to windows xp professional. When I open outlook express none of the e-mails or e-mail directories imported. How would I go about getting the old e-mails? Note that this was not a complete re-format install, just an upgrade, all the other data and program files are there.

Thanks for any tips!

~ C
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Greetings, clickclickbang !

Outlook Express keeps the emails in .DBX files, ex., Inbox emails is in inbox.dbx.  Do a search for *.dbx files and not their location. Then import the emails via OE Import Wizard.

DBX files are normally located in one of the following locations
C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\Identities\
C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express\
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express\

The files are hidden, so you have to unhide hidden files to see them. Open Windows Explorer folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.

Best wishes!
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clickclickbang,

The DBX files could be corrupt. Use one of the following tools to repair them
Macallan
http://insideoe.tomsterdam.com/resources/tools.htm#macallan
OR
DBXtract
http://www.oehelp.com/DBXtract/Default.aspx

Both tools will extract emails one by one as .EML file.  Then you drag the files to the OE Preview Pane.
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Thanks for your post, I just needed to re-import them!
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