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    Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    I have a new PC running WinXP Pro and an older PC running Win98. I've tried to move my message files, etc., from the old one (version 5.50.4133.2400) to the new one (version 6.00.2600.0000) without much success. I used WinXP's Settings Transfer Wizard and removed everything it wanted to move except Outlook Express and Internet Explorer. IE's favorites seem to have been moved OK. After OE was moved I compacted all folders. Now, all the messages are listed when a particular folder is activated but I can't open any message -- the message contents is displayed OK in the Preview pane. When I try to open a message I get an error:

    "The Address Book failed to load. Outlook Express is incorrectly configured, please re-install."

    That is followed by the error message:

    "There was an error opening this message. An error has occurred."!

    If I try to open the Address Book I get a similar error message:

    "Unable to open the Address Book. The Address Book may not be installed properly."

    I've tried to manually Import the old Address Book into the new OE too. When I click on File > Import > Address Book... I get the first error message listed above.

    Does anyone have any suggestions how to fix this problem?

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    Hi:

    When you try to transfer from one operating system to another it doesn't work because the registry does not recognize it. That is why you are getting the error message. I know because it happened to me. What you have to do is to re download Internet Explorer and then click on Custom, and check off ONLY Outlook Express. It will then re download the proper settings for Outlook Express so you can use it again. What I had to do was forward my emails to myself from the old computer so when I opened up the new computer the messages were there. As far as the contact list is concerned, that doesn't work either. You have to email yourself your contact list and then input them in manually. The only ISP I know that saves the messages and addresses in the email address book is AOL, because they are using their own servers.

    Try doing the custom install, that will work; however, you still may be unable to open the old messages because they are from Win 98 and Win XP is actually running on an NT platform.

    I hope I helped you.

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    Or you could use the "Import function" of OE.

    It is listed under "File" on the menu.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    Unfortunately, I have tried Import multiple times; it doesn't work

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    Nancy,

    Actually, WinXP Pro comes with a new (to me, anyway) Settings Transfer Wizard whose sole purpose is to transfer and convert Outlook Express data and lots of other application data from their current form on an older operating system into the WinXP environment. That should have transferred my OE stuff correctly but it didn't. Maybe I did something wrong in the process. It did transfer my IE Favorites OK, but that was a pretty simple task. And, it apparently transferred correctly 2000-3000 OE messages, but it failed on the Address Book as far as I can tell.

    I'm hoping someone here will tell me how to get my OE back into good operating shape again so I can either try the transfer again or try to use the Import capability in OE to do the job. In your reply to my other message you gave me the hope that it won't be too bad to download OE so I can install a new copy, but I'm still hoping someone will tell me that an installable version is in the CAB files on my hard drive and how to re-install it.

    By the way, I've been told that the "BillWilson.wab" file on my old PC *is* my previous OE Address Book and that I should be able to at least Import it into the new OE.

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    That's my point Bill the .wab files from one operating system to the next will not work in the registry. Once the registry rejects it, you will be unable to do what you are trying to achieve. However, I am not perfect. If you find something that works, please let me know.

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>Edited by suitcase on 20-Jan-02 14:44.</P>I went from Win98 to WinME about a year ago then to WinXP using Tom Koch's procedures shown here:

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.tomsterdam.com/insideoe5/backup/index.htm>http://www.tomsterdam.com/insideoe5/backup/index.htm</A>

    The only problem i encountered is that I burned the files on a CDR which makes them read only. OE apparently does not like this. So, copy them to a temporary directory on your hard drive and then import them.

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    Will it work with IE 6.0? <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    It did for me. I went from OE5 under Win98 to OE6 under WinME. Then from WinME to WinXP with OE6. Supposedly OE5 and OE6 have the same file structure. Here is another page on Tom Koch's site that explains updating from OE5 to OE6:

    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.tomsterdam.com/insideoe5/faqs/how.htm#importOE5>http://www.tomsterdam.com/insideoe5/....htm#importOE5</A>

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    Well, I finally got time to follow your advice and re-install IE/OE from the Microsoft site. That step was intended to get OE back into usable shape so I can go on from there. It didn't work!! The IE6 Setup file did download as expected but when it "updated" my current installation it didn't give me a chance to select to only install OE and it only downloaded a tiny bit of data and said it was finished! OE still will not work and I haven't found any way to clean it up -- get back to the beginning state -- so I can start over. I think I'll post a new message thread about this, so it might be more visible, and see if anyone has any ideas.

    Bill

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    Hi Bill: You need to do what is called a Custom Install and it will ONLY install OE. It works for me with XP; it should work for you. Otherwise you can do an Internet Explorer Repair and it will repair Outlook Express along with it. To do this go to Control Panel Add/Remove | Look to the left where it says Add/Remove Windows Components. Uncheck the Internet Explorer box and reboot then go back to the Control Panel, repeat the process and then check the Internet Explorer box and reboot. This is a quick repair and should work.

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    Nancy,

    >> You need to do what is called a Custom Install and it will ONLY install OE. It works for me with XP; it should work for you. <<

    When I tried the re-install from the MS Internet site it didn't give me any way to choose a Custom Install! So, I haven't found any way to select that activity. What I selected to do on the MS site was to download IE6 and it did download the Setup program but the Setup program only downloaded something like 250 bytes of data! Do you have WinXP Pro or Home? I have XP Pro and I'm wondering if that could make a difference. If you know of a different procedure I should use, please describe it in more detail.

    I just tried the rest of your suggestion to un-install IE and reboot and install it again in Add/Remove Programs. It did go through that process OK but that didn't fix OE! I still have the same condition I had before!

    Even though I've already installed a LOT of stuff that will have to be installed all over again I guess I'm getting close to pulling out the "recovery" CD that came with the PC and letting it format the hard drive and re-install all the OEM-supplied stuff.

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    Hi Bill: I have Windows XP Home Edition, but you are right. I went to the Microsoft site and tried to do the download and it did the same thing to me. I guess with XP it will not allow a person to do a custom install after IE 6.0 has already been installed. You can do a custom install with Win 98, 98SE and ME.

    Another question. You have recovery disks with your system because with my system, if you go into Safe Mode you can recover the system back one day, two days, etc. without reformatting the whole system. It will restore the system back to when you first had the problem without reformatting the hard drive. If you want more information on that, let me know. I just did that yesterday, because there was an error I couldn't fix so I restored the system back one day when everything was working fine. Let me know. Nancy <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    Nancy,

    Yes, the Restore capability was the solution. I had read about it a couple months ago but completely forgot it while trying to solve this problem. Someone on the forum where Outlook Express is supported on CompuServe suggested late Thursday, after several other suggestions, that if my system was lucky enough to be already set up to do saves then I could restore back to the point before I tried to move my OE stuff. Sure enough, WinXP comes with the Save feature turned on and it does an automatic save immediately before each installation event. All I had to do was find my earliest message about this problem to verify the date the problem occurred (Jan 8th!) and restore back to a point earlier than that! It took no more than 5 minutes and my OE was back to its initial condition!!! What a relief! I haven't installed very much since then because of this problem so I don't think I have very much re-work to do. I did that restore after bedtime on Thursday and then left on a trip the next morning so I haven't done any more than that. When I get back home on Monday I'll experiment with moving my old Address Book using the Address Book Import process and see what happens. The worst that can happen now is that I'll have to do another restore!

    Thanks for you suggestions.

    Bill

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    Re: Moving OE Files to WinXP (6.00.2600.0000)

    Hi Bill: Glad I could help. You could try importing your address book; if it works, please let me know, because past experience trying to use the Import function did not work for me. Nancy <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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