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Outlook Express - how do I reinstall it?

by nilocp / July 17, 2010 7:04 AM PDT

I am running Windows XP and have issues with Outlook Express. I decided I would use Outlook instead, and tried to import all the date from OE. Well that did not work, and I have now lost my address book!!! I do have another machine with it on.

I have now had a message when I try and run OE saying it is corrupted and I should reinstall.
So how do I do that, and keep all my emails?

Also what is the name of the address book file so I can get it off my other machine?

Many thanks for your help.


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Outlook Express to Outlook.
by natheersheriff / July 17, 2010 5:14 PM PDT

you don't need to reinstall it.rather repair it. for further information visit following Microsoft link

for the migration from OE to outlook or to drag address information to Outlook.....

you can search for *.wab file if you don't install outlook and keep it for further use. or
use "Import and Export" tool from Outlook. select import from another program and Outlook Express 4.x, 5.x, 6.x .

Natheer Sheriff (Akkaraipattu)

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by nilocp / July 17, 2010 9:47 PM PDT

Thanks for the link. I followed it, and it did not repair!! Also Outlook is screwed as well!

Any other sugestions on how to reinstall?


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Re: reinstalling Outlook Express
by Kees Bakker / July 17, 2010 10:09 PM PDT

That's difficult, because it came with XP and with IE6, not as a separate download and not as with IE7 and IE8.

So please tell more about:
- your original issues with Outlook Express
- how you did try to import all your data (settings, mail, address book) from Outlook Express to Outlook
- how you managed to delete your address book while importing it (importing is a read-only operation on the source)
- the exact message Outlook Express now gives when you try to run it
- if you've got any idea what you changed in Outlook Express or its data when importing the data in Outlook (as I said, importing the data is read-only for the data and doesn't touch the program in any way)
- what your current issues with Outlook are (mentioned in post #3)
- if Outlook used to work before you messed around with it

Then download Thunderbird (another free email program) from, install it and see what it does. If it works, forget about Outlook Express. If it doesn't work, something more basic is wrong with your PC.



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by nilocp / July 18, 2010 3:04 AM PDT

I have given up with Outlook Express and Outlook for now, as I have no time to resolve the issues and as I have installed Thunderbird and everything seems good!

Except I still have no address book, as I have lost it.

What is the name of the address book file, as I have it on my back up computer.
When I have found it, where do I put it please?


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Re: address book
by Kees Bakker / July 18, 2010 3:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Thunderbird

Search for *.wab in your Documents and Settings and you'll find it. Put it in the same place and see if Thunderbird will let you import or use it.


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