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    Pop3.dbx File?

    Is it possible to remove Pop3uidl.dbx? I know that the extension can be changed.
    I have several that have the date of 2002.

    Any help will be appreciated.
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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    Where are these files located? With the ".dbx" it appears to be a Outlook express file.

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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    This is the location of all three: C:WindowsApplication DataIdententies (then numbers & letters). They do seem to belong to Outlook Express .
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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    What "Idententies" are you using when you or others login to the Windows OS?

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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    None, I never sign-in. I'm using Comcast High Speed Service. I'm on a LAN network and use their cable modem. It's so fast that I will never use dial-up again.
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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    I am NOT asking about your internet access but your OS (Windows 98) account.

    With Windows 98 many people can have their own ID's and each can have a password. The Idententies and the long numbers are related to each other. The account that you are using by befault my be linked to these files. What is the "Time stamp" of these files that you are finding? They may be your current files for your current Idententy.

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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    The previous information applies to Windows 98 Se as well as Internet Explorer 6. I use no passwords to access my O.S. No one uses this computer but me and passwords are totally unnecessary. Therefore I have no identities to give you (sorry about that), and no password is required.
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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    If you think you are or NOT you are. When you set up Windows 98, you were asked for a User name and a password. If you just used the enter key to bypass the password that is your auto pasword. The name you typed in is the ID, and this is what these files MAY be linked to. Also, someone else could creat a ID with out you even knowing. You can find all of the ID's by searching for the "*.pwl" files".

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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    Well! How about that? I've only been using Windows since the early days of Win 95 and never knew I had a password or user name. I am never asked for them, so you can understand why I was ignorant in this instance
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    I did skip the password selection.

    The .dbx files are ones that belong to Outlook Express, I looked again this morning and found that they are (for example), inbox.dbx: outbox.dbx: saved mail.dbx, etc. You get the general idea.
    Now back to my original question: can I remove all .dbx files without causing problems for myself?
    There two folders that contain them and approx. 90 MB. in size total.
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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    If they have a current date and you are using Outlook Experss, I would say NO.

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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    Hey Duchess !!!
    I had <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> to spare on this issue and figured I'd throw it in. The .dbx files you are referring to are the messages that are stored in your various Outlook Express mailboxes (Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, etc) If you delete them, I believe that Outlook Express would just recreate the files when you restart the program, but I'd bet that any data (messages) you had in the files would be gone.
    I've used the .dbx files to recreate my Outlook Express mailboxes on a new installation. Simply copy all the .dbx files from the old system to the corresponding folder on the new installation and your new e-mail setup will mirror your old system.
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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    Too late, I"ve already removed all but the ones with todays date. After reading your post I checked and all my old stuff's still there, like saved messages.
    I wasn't trying to move messages, just wanted to reuse the space.
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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    I stand corrected. Perhaps the out of date files were just redundant copies of the current date's .dbx files, but I'd just be guessing. Either way, I'm glad nothing was lost. Did get my curiosity up though. I'm gonna try a little experiment with .dbx file on another system and see what happens when I delete them all and when I add .dbx files from another system. I'll post back with the results.
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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    I'll skip the experiments and just tell you to go to here for general OE Info and here to get the low down on .dbx files <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Pop3.dbx File?

    Thank you for the Here & Here, there was so much to digest that I printed almost every page. They will be my reference book for Outlook Express and a few things on IE. You people are the very best and the top of the line for help in any aspect of computing.

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