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 Outlook Express DBX Repair FAQ

Outlook Express won't start anymore.
How can I repair Outlook Express and
recover all my message folders?

  1. First you have to find all the dbx files and create a backup copy of these files.

  2. When the old dbx files have been saved in a reliable place, the next step is to reinstall Outlook Express.

  3. If the re-installed Outlook Express launches normally, check to see if you can read your old folders and the messages in them.

  4. If the folders are visible but there are no messages in them, or if you see that the list of messages in a folder is incomplete, then you'll have to restore the messages from each one of the old dbx files, and import them back into OE.

For each destroyed folder, and each old dbx file, do the following sequence of operations:

  1. Open the dbx file corresponding to the destroyed folder in MailNavigator.

  2. Select the restored messages and export them to separate eml message files using the menu command: Message | Export to Separate Messages Files...

  3. Create a backup copy of the dbx file corresponding to the destroyed folder.

  4. Clear the folder by deleting the dbx file corresponding to the folder.

  5. Start Outlook Express and let the program OE create a new dbx file corresponding to the deleted folder (click the folder name in OE).

  6. Select all restored eml files in Windows Explorer or other file manager.

  7. Drag the selected eml files, and Drop them into the target folder in Outlook Express.

Outlook Express DBX Repair FAQ

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