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Synchronizing Outlook Express on laptop with desktop

by KChin / October 31, 2004 8:34 AM PST

I just purchased a laptop computer. I have a wireless network in my house and would like to synchronize my laptop with my desktop and vice versa (for Outlook Express). I would like the easiest way possible (preferably automatically)...much like my PDA/phone with my computer. Any programs out there that you folks can suggest? Thanks.

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Re: Synchronizing Outlook Express on laptop with desktop
by glb613 / October 31, 2004 7:17 PM PST

What are you trying to do?

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Re: Synchronizing Outlook Express on laptop with desktop
by KChin / November 2, 2004 11:50 PM PST

I guess I wasn't clear. I want to be able to collect and send email using Outlook Express on both my laptop and desktop, BUT I want both to be in synch. In other words, if I collect email on my laptop, I would want this to show up in my inbox on both laptop and desktop...much like how my PDA synch's with my desktop PC. Thanks.

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Re: Synchronizing Outlook Express on laptop with desktop
by glb613 / November 3, 2004 7:52 AM PST

I'm not sure if you can do that. Check with your ISP and see if you have the option of leaving the mail on the server as new. Otherwise, once that mail has been downloaded to one computer, it is no longer considered new or unread mail.

Are your computers networked? You might be able to save the e-mail in a shared folder that each computer can access.

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Re: Synchronizing Outlook Express on laptop with desktop
by robwafle / November 17, 2004 7:35 PM PST

Did you ever figure this out? I want to do the same thing.

Thanks!!

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Re: Synchronizing Outlook Express on laptop with desktop
by glb613 / November 17, 2004 8:41 PM PST

I read an article in PC Magazine about a service you can use to perform this task. Check it out.

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Re: Synchronizing Outlook Express on laptop with desktop
by KChin / November 17, 2004 11:39 PM PST

I'm afraid not.

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Re: Synchronizing Outlook Express on laptop with desktop
by snee / November 30, 2004 9:45 PM PST

this works so long as you don't try accessing form both locations at once. open regedit and browse to the key:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{letter/number combo here}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0]

in the right pane, find the "Store Root" key and modify it to show a shared location (use the format: \\servername\sharedfolder)

make sure this is set on both machines, and outlook express will always store and read mails form this location.

of course, always backup your registry before altering values.

i did this tweak at work on a lan and realised that simultaneous access corrupts the mailboxes - a single user accessing from only one of two places at once should be fine tho

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Creating duplicate Outlook Expresses on two machines
by ladderless / January 4, 2005 11:19 PM PST

This isn't perfect, but it will work. You can use your email server(s) as the synchronization tool.

It requires you to check you email via both computers at least every 10 days (depending on what you set).

Simply set up each computer's Outlook Express to collect email, and on the account settings, set it to leave a copy of the mail on the server, and set it to delete the mail once every X days -- the period during which you will need to go to the other computer to check the email. You will end up with all your email on both computers.

As far as your sent email, for each email you send out, send a BCC to yourself. Set up a rule for incoming mail, where it places any mail sent from yourself in the "sent mail" folder... You won't be able to tell the difference between mail sent from that computer or the other one.

There are a few minor drawbacks (like not being able to flag mail as read, and having a bit of a email backlog on your server), but it is probably the easiest way to get all your email on both machines.

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Synchronizing Outlook Express on laptop with desktop
by mdosanjh / January 28, 2005 1:25 AM PST

Have you thought of using your PDA to synchronise the machines?

If you synchronise with the desktop then with the laptop and then again with the desktop, then all three machines are synchronised...er... maybe?

Manjit Dosanjh

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