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My knowledge of software is extremely limited. I eventually migrated from a desk top computer to a lap top. The laptop has Windows 10 and Office Professional Plus 2013. The office is the 64 bit version. All was installed by experts and works well. I am a lazy by nature so I try to automate everything. This way no finger trouble or misfiling of documents. The software providers wrote various programmes for me to do this all, and has worked 100% for the last 10 years. They use a Microsoft product called ODBC.

But I have a major and very serious problem. ODBC only works on a 32 bit system not 64 bit. I must uninstall the Office 64 bit and reinstall the Office 32 bit. Also no problem and again I would get experts to do this, as the chances of me screwing it up are extremely likely. I also believe that you can never have enough sex, beer, money or backups, so those gaps are blocked. My problem is, I have been told, is that the emails I have on the Outlook 64 bit version I will not be able to read on the Microsoft Outlook 32 bit version. I don't want to lose any emails, as I do have reason to go back on emails pretty regularly. I try to handle and "sign off" all emails immediately, but often I would at a later date have a query relating to a prior email. If I haven't got the email I am up the creek without a paddle.

Is there anyway I can "convert" my existing 64 bit email file to a 32 bit email file?

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Re: ODBC

Here on my Windows 7 64-bit system, I can use ODBC to access any MS SQL Server database on any server I like. Why do you think that doesn't work any more in Windows 10?

And I see no reason at all why 64 bit Office wouldn't work with it, although I only use ODBC in combination with MS Access XP (yes, 2002) and 2003 on this 64-bit Windows 7.

Better ask the experts that wrote your programs what they think about it and what they can do for you.

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First of all ODBC is a MS product

It stand for Open Database Connectivity. It lets you talk to different databases. it acts as a go between that interprets commands for the database you connecting to. There are 32 and 64 bit ODBC drivers for the database your connecting to. Also the way emails work is your email is sent to a server (examples your ISP or Yahoo and Google as examples). Those emails are stored on the server and remain there until your delete. You access your email with an email Clients which Outlook is. Both 64 or 32 bit act the same and as a user if won't affect. Your emails aren't affected. Now there are 2 kinds of email type POP3 or IMAP. IMAP email the email is on the server and you view it using your client or even in a browser. It remains there until you delete it or set the email to delete after being read. POP3 accounts the email is on your email server and when you launch your client the email is downloaded to you machine and viewed in your client. You can also set the emails to be deleted after they are downloaded or they can remain on the server and you can view on other devices. ISP's tend to limit the space you have for emails and you mail have to connect with a browser to delete the emails on the server if you don't have them deleted when downloaded.

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