Repair corrupted Outlook Express in Win2k

  1. issachubbard profile image60
    issachubbardposted 2 years ago

    Repair corrupted Outlook Express in Win2k

    I accidently erased some of my Outlook Express files in Win2k SP1 while installing a new hard drive.  I use Outlook 2000, but I can't get into the newsreader.

    I probed MSDN On-Line and MS Advanced Search and am unable to find anything specific to IE5.5 or Outlook Express 5.0 repair or uninstall/reinstall.

    Could someone offer me some direction?

    Thank you.

  2. Teqnologist profile image59
    Teqnologistposted 2 years ago

    The only real option you have at this point is to buy an upgraded version. If you do not have the installation disc anymore (guessing you don't since its 2000) than you have to upgrade if you cannot find a repair online.

    Come to think of it, now-a-days they usually come with a repair on it, maybe try uninstalling it and it usually says upon doing so "Repair - or - Uninstall" You can either try that or no other option would be to buy an upgraded version.

    Sorry about the news =/

  3. profile image56
    madsthraneposted 2 years ago

    I suppose your outlook express files corruption might be severe, if so, you may use some variants of restoration, first one Outlook Express Repair Toolbox

    And next one is a little bit long guide for crashed OE files:

    1.    First CLOSE Outlook Express.
    2.    Hopefully you haven’t emptied your recycle bin yet. DON’T EMPTY IT.
    3.    Click to open your Recycle Bin and do check it. Do you see any files that end in .bak, like drafts.bak, sent.bak, and especially inbox.bak. If you do, it’s recoverable. But DON’T right-click and choose restore YET. (If you don’t see the files there, they may be in another folder, which you’ll get to later. At any case, they’ll have the .bak extension.)
    4.    If you’re not already viewing details, choose VIEW from the top menu, and click on DETAILS. This is so you can see the original file location.
    5.    The original file location could look something like this:
        C:\Documents and Settings\Default\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\some string\inbox.bak
        (Default could be some other name, some string is the string that you were given, which is different for different users.)
    6.    You’re going to have to find that original folder, but you might have to reveal hidden files and folders to do so. Local Settings are usually hidden.
        Click START, Choose CONTROL PANEL, and Click FOLDER OPTIONS (for Windows 7, you’ll have to click on APPEARANCE AND PERSONALIZATION link first before you can click on FOLDER OPTIONS.) Then click VIEW and look in the ADVANCED SETTINGS Window for SHOW HIDDEN FILES AND FOLDERS. Click that radio button if it isn’t already chosen, then click the OK button.
    7.    Now you’re ready. Find that folder, and look for an inbox.dbx. That is your current INBOX.
    8.    Right-click inbox.dbx and rename it inbox2.dbx, just in case
    9.    Now you can go back to your Recycle Bin, right click inbox.bak, and choose RESTORE.
    10.    That file inbox.bak should now be in the folder you just found.
    11.    Right click inbox.bak and rename it inbox.dbx
    12.    Now open Outlook Express and your inbox messages should be restored.