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Why has my Outlook Express gone Retro?

by Jansetau / July 18, 2009 4:40 PM PDT

Hi all.

My Pen4 1800Mhz computer has a cassette style of setup that allows me to interchange my XP and 2K hard drives as and when I need them. This can only be done while the PC is turned off.

In Outlook Express (both my XP and 2K hard drives) my folders are pathed to my Slave drive. This is achieved from within Outlook Express via the Options>Maintenance panels. From there I think it is the "store' button, or something like that which opens and allows my to make the changes for the pathing.

This system works fine, except for one HUGE problem.

All my folders are accessible from both HD's, which ever is inserted. All mail and folders are also accessible.

BUT, (and there is always a but) when I access the address book (remember that this is now located on the slave drive also) the XP address book is 'up to date' but the 2K address book, pathed to the same folder, shows up as an OLD and dated address book.

I am at a loss as to why this should occur. Any and all suggestion s welcome.


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For your research.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2009 8:40 PM PDT

If you say the settings are proper I'll have to take your word for that but if I was on the machine I'd use these links for reference to sniff it out.


Notice that step 2? Addresses are not where the store folder is?

Here's the passage you need "Microsoft Outlook Express 5.x and Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0 use a Windows Address Book (.wab) file to store Address Book data. The individual data for each identity is stored in a folder by user name within the .wab file that is used."

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Why is my Outlook Express going Retro
by Jansetau / July 19, 2009 12:42 PM PDT
In reply to: For your research.

Hi there.

You just about hit the nail on the head if I read you reply correctly.

After a bit of ferreting around in the computer I found my mistake. It would appear that "all folders except the address book" can be re-pathed to a place of my own choosing.

The address book is a separate entity not connected to the "folders" in question.

So what actually happened when I inserted my 2K HD, all the folders in Outlook Express were in-fact pathed as required EXCEPT the address book. 2K automatically displayed the 'old' address book that was actually stored on the 2K HD.

All that I had to, and will have to do in the future is to export the address book (comma separated values) from XP onto the slave and then import from the slave to the 2K drive and bingo, all will be cosha again. Happy

I guess I will have to do this every couple of months or so to keep the address book reasonably up to date.


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Or you could do further research. Example.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2009 1:25 PM PDT
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Thanks for the Info
by Jansetau / July 19, 2009 3:06 PM PDT

Hi there.

Thanks for the info. I will have a good read and then decide which way to go, to modify or just update regularly. Registry edits are not one of my forte's.


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You're welcome.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2009 9:14 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the Info

Sorry for the fast replies.

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The way I like it.
by Jansetau / July 20, 2009 12:15 PM PDT
In reply to: You're welcome.

Hi there Proffit.

Fast replies, the only way to go. Thanks Happy


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