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    Location of E-mail files (OE (Windows 98))

    If I want to backup mail files from Outlook Express, where do I find them?

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    Re: Location of E-mail files (OE (Windows 98))

    Hi Joel

    A full tutorial can be found here:

    How to back up and to restore Outlook Express data
    Jerry

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    Re: Location of E-mail files (OE (Windows 98))

    Many thanks...very helpful article!

    I probably will want to be able to access these files in the future, on a newer computer running Outlook (not Outlook Express) under Windows XP or Vista or ...

    Are mail files saved as individual mail messages, or as folders (Inbox, etc.)? Can mail files created in OE be read in Outlook? If not, can they (worst-case scenario) be read with MS Word?

    Thanks again.

    Joel

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    Re: Location of E-mail files (OE (Windows 98))

    Each folder in Outlook Express is stored as a .dbx file, e.g. Inbox.dbx, Sent Items.dbx etc.

    Outlook cannot read Outlook Express mail directly, but it can import it - see How to Convert from Outlook Express to Outlook 2003.
    Word cannot read Outlook Express mail.

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    Re: Location of E-mail files (OE (Windows 98))

    Thanks!

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    Re: Location of E-mail files (OE (Windows 98))

    Still having trouble fitting E-mail onto the limited hardware (USB sticks) that I can use with Win 98.

    If I first compact the mail folders, would that make them harder to read (later) in Outlook?

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    Re: Location of E-mail files (OE (Windows 98))

    > If I first compact the mail folders, would that make them harder to read (later) in Outlook?

    No, that shouldn't matter. You can also zip the files and place the zip file(s) on the USB stick, then unzip on the newer machine.

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