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Deleting a message

Just of late I keep getting a message which wants to tidy up my desktop, and hide certain icons. This is on XP

How do I delete this message, as I do not want to tidy up my icons, and like them as they are now?

Message Received:
To Free Up Disk Space, Outlook Express can compact messages.
This may take up to a few minutes.

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Re: message

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Nomadd,

The message you quote is about Outlook Express and not about the desktop. So it seems this are separate problems. Could you be a little bit more clear? It's not a good idea to be confusing. And what is the exact text of the 'first' message?

Kees

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Your right,i missed that footnote...

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and posted regarding tidy desktop wizard.

Heres a LINK regarding compact messages.

Tom

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Outlook Express Compact message request

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Sorry guys for the confusion. My problem was compacting message on Outlook Express. I tried the Link "D" which leads to the registry. However, I found the page would not scroll, and the items appearing seemed nothing to do with compacting messages.
I do not wish to compact my messages, since I always transfer all emails from Inbox and Sent every day to folders, or delete same.
My Disc only shows 10% used = 90% free because I do not download music or keep items on my PC. Everything is transferred off my PC.
Therefore, why do I need to compact?
I frequently Format my XP to keep my registry free of junk, but have never seen this message before, untill quite recently. Where does it originate and how can I stop it popping up as I find it irritating.
Any advise welcome?
Nomadd74

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nomadd74

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"I tried the Link "D" which leads to the registry. However, I found the page would not scroll, and the items appearing seemed nothing to do with compacting messages",it has nothing to do with compact messages,but rather tidy desktop which you asked about.

This is in the link i provided,"So Outlook Express tries to remove these deleted emails physically from time to time. This is calls "compacting", and it asks you to start the process every 100 times you close Outlook Express."

This LINK provides instructions to change this in the reistry and offers a free tool.

Tom

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Outlook Express Compacting Messages

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Thanks Tomron for all your help. I found that list of answers to Outlook Express problems very interesting. This is the first time I have seen this. Mind you I have never ever had any problems with Outlook Express in 9 years of use, apart from the above, this is why I use same and prefer to Yahoo, or other email programs.
I am curious though, as I wonder why I have never encountered this message popping up before on my screen. I estimate about two months. In all my earlier years usage I have never seen this request to compact messages. Why is that ?

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nomadd74

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To my knowledge this is only on XP.did you recently get XP?

Tom

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Outlook Express Compacting Messages

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Hi Tom,

I have had XP since it first came out about 3 - 4 years ago. This message has only appeared in the last two months. I presume it must have come via a microsoft update. Although I have recently downloaded Explorer7 - which I don't like.
With regard to Outlook Express, mine works perfectly. At present when the message appears I just click cancel and it goes away, but it reappears every day. I cannot see the point of compacting the messages, when I have so little information stored on my hard drive.
Rather than go into the registry, I think I will just keep clicking cancel.
Thanks for everything.
Nomadd74

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(NT) There are known issues with IE 7

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The only way i can...

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find is to disable it in the registry,which if you decide to go this route exercise caution.

Try this LINK and select the letter D on top,scroll down to desktop for instructions.

Tom

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OE Compaction.

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1. Compacting all folders in OE frequently repairs mild corruption and surprisingly enough as ironic as it seems, the compaction process itself has also been implicated in causing corruption. Before WinXP SP2, OE was configured by default to compact files automatically after inactive for some minutes. However, although OE might have been inactive, the same could not always be said for other programs being used when compaction began. On some systems, particularly those with limited amounts of RAM or slow processors, the sudden drain on computer resources sometimes caused anomalies that too often damage the DBX file(s).

2. It is largely for this reason that the background compaction feature was removed from WinXP SP2. OE will now compact automatically only after opening and closing 100 times. It will do so not in the background, when you might be busy doing other things on the computer, but rather when the option is approved. Do not cancel the process, nor use your computer until it is finished. For the reason mention previously, you should still compact all folders on a regular basis based on volumns of mail received and as mentioned here. You should disable the background compaction (Click Tools, Options, Maintenance, click to clear the checkbox for Compact messages automatically in the background", and then click OK) when using systems prior to SP2, "File Corruption in Outlook Express."

a. On the File menu, click Work Offline so that no new messages will be arriving.

b. In the Folder list, click on Outlook Express so that no e-mail or news folder is open.

c. Close the Folder list by clicking the "X" in the upper right-hand corner of the list panel. Alternatively you can click Layout on the View menu, and then clear the checkbox for "Folder List".

d. On the File menu, point to Folder, and then click Compact All Folders. Do not use your computer until the process is complete, which might take several minutes.

e. If an error occurs, close OE, re-open it, and begin the process again from the top. If the same error occurs again, close OE, restart your computer (or log off and then log on again), open OE and then begin the whole process again.

3. The article [Q311030] states that when clicking a Web link in a message or a message itself, the response time is slow and can occur if background compaction of stored newsgroup messages is turned on.

a. This feature is designed to wait until OE has been idle for several minutes and then begin compacting newsgroup mail and news folders in the background -- not OE mail, and stores process information in the file Cleanup.log. I do not recommend using this option since anything from a disconnect or any other system anomaly that could happen when compaction is in progress could totally trash the Store folders. However, OE does not remove deleted mail information from the applicable *.dbx file until a user opts to compact a folder or all folders manually -- the longer you wait, the bigger it gets, and the longer it takes processing. To minimize files and disk space, compact a folder or all folders regularly (File, Folders, Compact).

b. OE can save all commands to and from a server in a log file for troubleshooting purposes which a user may never find useful. They not only requires hard drive space but may slow down the mailer operation as well -- Tools, Options, Maintenance tab and in the section titled Troubleshooting, remove any check marks from the four boxes. Click the button labeled Store Folder. When you see the path, click and bold the path to copy it to the Clipboard. Then click the two buttons, Apply and OK. Click Start, Run, and then press the key combinations Ctrl+v to place that path in the box. Press Enter. Upon reaching this folder in Explorer, highlight the files which end with an extension of .log (while holding the Ctrl key). When bolded, press the Del key on the keypad. Remember, should there be any concern about this procedure, those files will reside in the Recycled folder until they are removed and can always be put back should you feel it necessary -- but you will not find it required.

4. Supplemental: "Update for Outlook Express 6.0 on Microsoft Windows XP (KB918766)."

Note: After you install this update, a backup copy of the .dbx file is created every time that the database is compacted. After the database is successfully compacted, the backup copy of the .dbx file is moved to the Recycle Bin.

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Outlook Express Compacting

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Cursorcowboy: Thank you for a magnificent explanation of what happens, this is precisely how I like people to explain.
There is one point I am not certain of.
Under your section 2. and at the bottom. " You should disable the background compaction ( Click Tools, Options,Maitenance, click to clear the checkbox for Compact messages automatically in the background," and then click OK )

NOT QUITE CERTAIN WHETHER THIS REFERS TO SP2 OR NOT
when using systems prior to SP2, " File Corruption in Outlook Express."
Underneath a - e etc.

I am already using SP2

Further, I have looked on my record of updates for KB918766, but do not appear to have same, unless it is hidden somewhere.
However, when I tried compacting, I noticed copies being made. Does this mean that I have this update, and do not need to download?
Thanks for a great response in simple language.
Nomadd74

I am already using SP2. Therefore, which one applies to me?

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