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    Multi-user Outlook Express (Windows XP)

    I recently bought a new PC for home with Window XP Pro. I have set up 4 users with logins for everyone that has access to the PC. My problem is that all 4 users use the same e-mail account. How do I set up XP so that everyone can share the same Outlook Express e-mail account.

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    Re: Multi-user Outlook Express (Windows XP)

    Each account in Outlook Express can be setup using the email account name with a password, if each user has a different password then all users can access their email using OE. (I do not know which version of OE you are using) In Outlook Express 6, this is very easy, in previous version it is still relatively simple. Go into Outlook Express, TOOLS>ACCOUNTS>ADD>MAIL - Hope this helps.

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    Re: Multi-user Outlook Express (Windows XP)

    Yes, I've tried this. My problem is that if I sign in to my profile and download e-mail from the server. My wife or other users that share the account can't read their e-mail. If my wife signs in and downloads e-mail, I can't see my mail. I want all users to see all mail that is down loaded.

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    Re: Multi-user Outlook Express (Windows XP)

    What do you see if you choose Switch Identity... from the Outlook Express File menu? Do you get only those belonging to the logged-in user, or all identities? Can you share across usernames?

    If you can switch to one person's identity, which is a hassle if it isn't yours ( <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> ), this might be a workaround for the way OE is built.

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    Re: Multi-user Outlook Express (Windows XP)

    A second workaround is to configure the account properties for each person to leave the mail on the server long enough for everyone to download it for themselves. This is not a particularly efficient use of bandwidth or disk space, but it allows for personal choice in what to retain, how to organize it, etc.
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    Re: Multi-user Outlook Express (Windows XP)

    Hi there, I check my email from just about anywhere in the world I happen to be, if doing so from DOS in telnet then it can be read on screen without it leaving the server. If this is a problem, as the Moderator has already mentioned, you can leave a copy of messages "on the server", my server does not have a time limit, but Im guessing many would. Check with your provider. It is very useful if you need to download your messages and reply to them, another option my provider has is also to "copy or forward a copy" of messages to another address or a domain based address. Not such a silly idea if all else fails, then you can check your email online using the domain based email, knowing when you return to the main computer (home or where ever) there is also a copy of the original waiting to be downloaded from the server. Confused? <img src=/S/brainwash.gif border=0 alt=brainwash width=15 height=15> Hope not. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Multi-user Outlook Express (Windows XP)

    Just a footnote: I'm a Word board moderator and have only played with OE for a few hours, so whatever I might say, anywhere in the Lounge, please don't be too deferential. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Multi-user Outlook Express (Windows XP)

    Just a note to your foot:- <img src=/S/note.gif border=0 alt=note width=20 height=20> I think all you have written relating to OE is right on target, please keep on suggesting, works well for me and I thank you for the input as I am sure everyone else does.

    Re: XP, can you get around the problem with multiple users of OE email by using the features in the "administrators" account?

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    Re: Multi-user Outlook Express (Windows XP)

    If everyone were to log in as Administrator, everyone would be the same user, so, yes, but Microsoft thinks that's dangerous because any software that runs while you are logged in as Administrator (or a person who is an administrator on the machine) can wreck the OS. Email exposes you to weird malware, so one might want to be logged in as Peon while opening it.

    I based the above on advice concerning Windows 2000 Professional; haven't looked at XP yet. Also, I don't follow it; I'm in the administrators group and it feels great! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Multi-user Outlook Express (Windows XP)

    You are talking about XP Professional, yes?

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    Re: Multi-user Outlook Express (Windows XP)

    Nope, still running Windows 2000 (Professional). Compared with all other flavors of Windows I have used, it's fantastic, and I am in absolutely no hurry to switch.

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    Re: Multi-user Outlook Express (Windows XP)

    Gotcha, thanks, worth knowing. :-)

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