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shortcut for outlook express disappeared and can't access now

I had my Dell 5150 laptop in to be worked on for a CD rom problem and when I got it back both IE and outlook express were missing. I was able to redownload IE to get the shortcut back but can't find a way to get outlook back.
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go to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer you should see it there and rt click to add to desktop as shortcut
sorry my mistake from program files go to the outlook express folder C:\Program Files\Outlook Express and rt click on that .exe and add to shortcut

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There isn't an .exe extension, they are all .dll and .txt files.
Go into add remove programs, choose windows components and un-select Outlook Express, than re-select Outlook Express so Windows will reinstall missing files. This should not remove any identities for Outlook Express but you might want to back them up anyway.
Note, make sure you un-select and choose OK first before going back and re-selecting.

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Outlook Express isn't listed under add/remove programs

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I apologize "Windows Components" isn't listed there.
What version of windows is this?
there is a good link to reinstall this, with screen shots

http://email.about.com/od/outlookexpresstroubles/qt/et_reinstall_oe.htm

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I found windows components, unchecked box and clicked next. I thought it then deleted. I went completely out of add/remove, went back into and then into windows components and saw outlook plus a .com program were check marked already but outlook showed 0 mb. Other programs showed mb like MSN and fax services, but IE  and outlook showed 0. When I now click on next to add/remove it runs for an instant and nothing happens with outlook still at 0 mb.
0mb is normal for Outlook Express, my XP computer shows the same. Did your try OE after you did this?
za_mkhIT Manager

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If you click start -> Run and in the run dialog box, you type 'msimn' does it open Outlook Express?

Give that a shot.

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First time using this exchange. Sorry I didn't close this. Great job in helping me with this. Thank you.

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