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How to repair your outlook express mailbox files


Created: Jul 1, 2005
Updated: Aug 16, 2005



:: Introduction
:: Locate your file(s)
:: Move mailbox file(s)
:: Import
:: Done
:: Remarks

 Introduction


In some situations your mailbox file of outlook express could get corrupted in a manner that outlook itself is unable to repair it.
If this is the case outlook express might hang on opening the file.

It is often possible to overcome this problem by following the next steps.

 Locate your file(s)


To be able to find the location where outlook express stores its files you should start the registry editor.
Do NOT make any changes in the registry as this could have unpredictable results !

Start the registry editor by typing regedit in the Run item in your Start menu.

In the left pane:
In the right pane:
You will now see the path where outlook stores its files. Select the full path and press CTRL+C to copy the value


 Move mailbox file(s)


 Import


This step will import the old (corrupted) data into outlook express. Outlook Express will import these file in most cases without any problems.

 Done


Start outlook express. You should now see your mailbox folders again.

 Remarks


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