Outlook Express 6 is storing all my saved emails as .DBX files that I can't access

I've been unable to find a way of opening files in Outlook Express 6 and canceling the command to save all files as .dbx in a Store Folder. When I close OE, all messages go to the dbx folder and I am unable to retrieve them.

I thought I'd save important files in a Store Folder, which OE is doing, but I can't open those files or cancel the original command to save them in .dbx format. Once again, I am using OE6.
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OE uses the word "folder" in a confusing way, and I think you may be misunderstanding what it's saying. What in OE is a mail folder (such as Inbox) is, at the Windows system level, a file with a .dbx extension (Inbox.dbx, for instance). All of the .dbx files for a single identity are stored in a single system folder, called the Store Folder. This is normally a folder path something like C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{514A5D46-0728-4765-A368-950D3959B0A5}\Microsoft\Outlook Express\. (The number inside the brackets is a hexadecimal code that is globally unique, like IPv6 addresses.)

So the "Store Folder" isn't a different type of mail folder; it's the path (the Windows folder) where all of the data files are stored. It's working as designed. If you want to keep important messages specially backed up, copy them to another mail folder inside OE, and then make that folder's .dbx file part of your backup routine. (Or make the entire Store Folder part of your backup routine, which is what I do.)

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