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I have a client running Outlook 98 on Windows XP SP2.  Sometimes, when he tries to reply or forward an email, Outlook crashes.  As far as I can tell, it only happens with some HTML messages, but no plain text messages.

I have tried creating a new PST file and importing all the emails from the old PST file but it doesn't seem to have helped.

They no longer have their Outlook 98 CD, so I can't re-install the software.

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Since it's Outlook 98, and that hasn't been supported since 1/16/2004, I'd say your problem lies in that Outlook 98 is not able to interpret some of the HTML code and therefore "crashes".  

Does it provide a specific error message, or just lock up?  If you could provide more information regarding the exact nature of the crash, I may be able to provide something else to help.

Would really recommend your client upgrade to a supported version of Outlook.
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Ended up installing a newer version of office to fix the problem
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It appears this happens when you have Internet Explorer 7 and Outlook 98 installed.
We had repeatable crashes whenever trying to reply to an html email.
We narrowed it down to XP + Outlook98 first, then found everything worked until IE7 was applied via update. Recommend ditching Outlook 98 altogether, as it's ancient. You can have a better email client for free, if Office upgrade sounds too steep.
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