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By  Super Admin  | Published  02/27/2005 | Troubleshooting | Unrated
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Office XP Suite Support Center
Access 2002 Support Center

Access Database Repair and Recovery - Instant, 24 hour Microsoft Access database repair service, 7 days per week and worldwide. Free corrupt database analysis and report.

Excel 2002 Support Center
Word 2002 Support Center

Offline Files

HOW TO: Configure Offline Files to Synchronize When a Particular Network Connection Becomes Active


OpenGL-Based Program Causes Access Violation in Windows XP
Programs that Require OpenGL Support May Not Run in Windows XP
Missing Tabs in Display Properties and No OpenGL Support
How to Troubleshoot Program Compatibility Issues in Windows XP

Open With

Open With Notepad for Files With No Extension (Line 25)

Clean/Clear out the Open With Lists (Line 32)

HOW TO: Specify the Program Used to Open Certain File Types

Open With - Not Working or Listed

Check your settings here:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications.  Select the associated sub-key, if 'NoOpenWith' is listed, delete it.

This setting allows you to control whether the checkbox to save the "Open With" program is available when an unknown file type is opened.


To enable the checkbox set the (Default) value to "rundll32.exe shell32.dll,OpenAs_RunDLL %1".
Return to the desktop and press F5 for the change to take effect.

Added note:

Notepad will be used to open the files by default if no association already exists.

Open your registry and find the key "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell", if it doesn't already exist then create it.
Under shell create a new key called open, and edit the string "(Default)" to read "Open With Notepad".
Under open create a new key called command, and edit the string "(Default)" to read "notepad.exe %1".
Now when you right click on a file you should see "Open with Notepad" as one of the options.

Tip:  Show Programs in the Open With Selection Box

This setting allows you to decide which programs are listed in "Open With" dialog box which is shown when an unknown file type is opened. Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to this key:  [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications]

To stop a specific application appearing in the "Open With" list select the associated sub-key and create a new empty string value called "NoOpenWith". To allow an application to be shown in the list delete the "NoOpenWith" value. Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Tip:  Restore File Associations - Go to Start/Run/CMD and type in: assoc

Copy the line for the association you wish to restore. A Command Prompt window will open. Right click in this Window and select Paste. Then press Enter.

Tip:  Retrieve the Class Name for a File Extension (Line 146)

Optimize XP

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Remove spyware that spies on you and slows down your PC
Remove and prevent viruses that infest your computer

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Stop hackers and worms with a firewall
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Speed up your computer’s hard disk speed
And much more!

More info here:


Make Outlook your default browser:  Start/Run/rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL inetcpl.cpl,,5.  Then change the mail application to Outlook.


Go to Outlook/Tools/Services/Add/Personal Folders/Ok. Browse to the pst file you need to import. Search your system for files with a .pst suffix.  Then move/store them here: C:\Documents and Settings\<User name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.

Import from Outlook to Outlook Express
Outlook & Exchange Solutions Center
Sharing Microsoft Outlook Calendar and Contacts
To repair a damaged Personal Folders PST file
HOW TO: Import Contacts into Your Windows XP Address Book
Shared Address Books
Outlook & Exchange/Windows Messaging Backup and Dual-Boot

Outlook 2002/2000 Add-in: Personal Folders Backup
How to Back Up, Restore, or Move Outlook Data

OL2000: (IMO) How to Set Up Internet Mail Accounts
OL2000: (CW) Troubleshooting Outlook Configuration Problems
OL2002: (CW) Outlook Connectivity--Outlook Is Slow/Stops Responding, You Cannot Open E-mail or Attachments
OL2000: Outlook Does Not Receive MSN E-mail Messages

OL2000: "Omi9.dll" Error Message or "Mapi32.dll" Error Message After You Upgrade to Windows XP
OL2000: Errors in the Module Rtfhtml.dll
OL2002: Outlook Does Not Check for New Messages Automatically
OL2002: Error if You Use Your Contacts to Address a New Message
OL2002: Err Msg: This Operation Has Been Cancelled Due to ...

The OUTBACK Plus utility is designed to make it easy to create a backup or archive file of your Personal Folder Information from Microsoft Outlook™ 97, 98, 2000 and 2002/XP.  Download here.

     Tip:  Earlier versions of Address Book gave you the option of using your Microsoft Outlook Contacts folder in Outlook Express. If you accepted this option, Address Book became a front end to Outlook, visible in Outlook Express and any other applications that used Address Book. Contacts added via Outlook thus became accessible to Outlook Express, and contacts added to Address Book by means of Outlook Express.

This integration with Outlook is still available in Address Book 6 (the version shipped with Windows XP), but only via an undocumented registry edit. To share contact information between Outlook and Address Book, open Registry Editor, and go to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\WAB\WAB4. Add the DWORD value UseOutlook to this key (if it isn't already present), and set it to 1.  [MS-MVP Frank Saunders]

Outlook - Newsgroups


Outlook Express

Outlook Express Issues, Tips, Spell Check, Mail/News Sharing & Auto-Dialing and Auto-Disconnect Options

Outlook Express Support Center
How to Register an Internet Browser or E-mail Client With the Windows XP Start Menu
How to Uninstall Internet Explorer 6
How to Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP
OLEXP: How to Configure Outlook Express for Internet Mail     

Tip:  Outlook Express crashes when either hitting enter or using HTML copy and paste:  This can be corrected by
         downloading this patch: .MS03-020: June, 2003, Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer

Tip:  Clicking on a link opens in a new window and is empty:  Start/Run and type this command: REGSVR32
         URLMON.DLL. Ok/Reboot.  Then go to:  IE/Tools/Internet Options/Programs/Reset Web Settings.

Tip:  Set Outlook Express as default mail client - Start/Run and type:
        "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\MSIMN.EXE" /REG.  Or use this edit:  Restore OE to the Clients List.

Tip:  Re-install Outlook Express - Click Start, Run and enter %SystemRoot%\Inf.  Locate the MSOE50.INF file.  Right
         click it and select Install.

Tip:  Mail and/or Folders are missing:  Close OE. Tools/Folder Options/View/Show Hidden files and folders.
         Then do a Search for *.dbx...Open OE/File/Import. Set search options to search hidden files, folders and system
         folders. Inbox is under a hidden folder.

Tip:  Get HTTP Hyperlinks in OE to Open IE - Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/File Types. Scroll down to
         URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol/Advanced/Edit. Under Application used to perform action it should read:
         "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -nohome

Tip:  Prevent Account Changes in Outlook Express - Start/Run/Regedit
         HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Outlook Express, Value Name: No Modify Accts, Data
         Type:  REG_DWORD (DWORD Value), Value Data: (1 = enable restriction). Create new DWORD value called
         "No Modify Accts" and set it to "1" to enable the restriction or "0" to allow users to modify accounts. Restart Outlook
         Express for the change to take effect.

Tip:  Create a Shortcut to OE Mailto:  Right click on the Desktop/New/Shortcut. Paste this into the white box:
        "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" /mailurl:mailto: Go to Next, name it (ex) OE Shortcut, then hit finish.

Tip:  Add OE Email Window (Internet Email Message) to the right click - New.  Go to Start/Run/Regedit and navigate to
         this key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.eml. Highlight .eml then go to Edit/New/Key. Name the key ShellNew.
         Highlight ShellNew. In the right pane right click in the blank area and choose New/String Value and name it FileName.
         Double click FileName and add Email.eml. Close the registry (File/Exit). To test right click on your Desktop choose
         New and you will then see Internet Email Message.

Tip:  Create Your Own Throbber for Internet Explorer & Outlook Express in Windows XP

Spell Checker
Fix Spell Checking in Outlook Express 6
Clicking Send or Running Spell Check in Outlook Express Runs Windows Installer for Picture It!

Backup and Restore Mail and News
Sharing Mail Between Operating Systems
Share Mail/News and the Address Book in Windows XP
Change the Location of Mail and News in Windows XP
Remove Unread Mail Notification
Unable to Set Different E-Mail Programs for Different Users

Other Outlook Express Issues - Kelly's XP Korner Outlook Express Page

Outlook Express Keeps Prompting for Your Password
OLEXP: How to Configure Outlook Express for Internet Mail
Restores OE to the E-mail clients list in Internet Options
How to Reinstall or Repair Internet Explorer and Outlook Express in Windows XP
Unread Mail Notification, Spell Checker, Backing up Mail and News, Sharing OE and Password Issues
Outlook Express does not access POP3 accounts after setting up MSN Explorer
How to Move Mail Folders Between Two Computers in OLEXP
Backing up OE4 to Import to OE6

Email Saver Xe utility is designed to easily create a backup or archive file of your mail data from your favorite Email Client, which may easily be restored when necessary. It supports the top 7 Mail Clients such as Outlook Express (5.x and 6.0), Microsoft Outlook, Eudora (Pro and Light) and IncrediMail.

It allows you to backup and restore your messages, address book, settings, mail and news accounts, message rules, blocked senders lists and the signatures. All backup functions can be processed either separately or together and the user can choose the identity to save or restore data.

The AutoBackup feature allows you to backup your important data daily, weekly or at any time period of your choice. You can backup data on one computer and restore on another, thus making Email Saver not just a backup utility but also a synchronization tool. The program is easy to use and has a simplified user interface, in the form of a wizard, very useful for beginners. The user interface is multilingual.  Download here.  Support and FAQ's here.

Express Assist is a very easy to use utility to backup all of your Outlook Express mail folders (including all attachments) as a single compressed, backup file. You can easily restore one, all, or any selection, of the mail folders saved in your backup file. In addition, you may synchronize your current Outlook Express message folders with message folders saved in the Express Assist backup. Express Assist provides full support for Outlook Express 4, 5, 5.5 and 6.0. It operates on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, Windows 2000 and XP.

Express Assist also includes backup and restore of the Windows Address Book, mail account settings, OE preferences, and the Internet Explorer favorites. You are automatically reminded to backup after a number of days (which you may specify). Express Assist makes it easy to move your Outlook Express mail between machines and it simplifies the upgrade of your Windows and/or Outlook Express installations.  More information here.  Download here.

Outlook Express Backup Wizard

Outlook Express Backup Wizard is an easy-to-use utility that allows you to backup and restore your Outlook Express data. It saves email messages, address book, message rules, list of blocked senders, accounts and signatures into a single backup file; and restores the saved data back to Outlook Express.  More information here.

Recovering a lost Message Store (IDX & MBX)
OLEXP How to Back Up E-mail Messages in Outlook Express
OLEXP: How to Back Up and Recover Outlook Express Data
OLEXP How to Back Up the Account List
OLEXP How to Back Up the Outlook Express Address Book and Mail Folders
OLEXP How to Back Up Your Inbox Assistant Rules
OLEXP: How to Backup and Restore Outlook Express Blocked Senders List and Other Mail Rules

     Tip:  DBX Extractor -
     Tip:  OE Tools -
     Tip:  Archiving Your Outlook Express Messages:

If you have some really full Outlook Express folders that you'd like to empty out without losing the messages, you can use the program itself to save your messages. Just run Outlook Express and select the folder you want to save. Now, click Create Mail and enter a name for your backup in the Subject line. Next, drag all the messages you want to save from the selected folder into the new mail message. You can use Ctrl + A to select all the messages.

Dragging the messages to the new mail message will attach all the files to the new message. Choose File/Save As, locate a folder for your file and click Save.  Now, you can double-click your new file to read any of the saved messages.

     Tip:  Blind Copies In Outlook Express     

Sending the same e-mail message to a dozen or so people. The thing is that you'd rather each recipient not know who else is getting the mail. What you need to do is use the Outlook Express blind copy option.

To do this, click Create Mail. If the "Bcc" entry box doesn't appear, choose View/All Headers. Now, enter your e-mail address in the "To" entry box. Enter all the recipient e-mail addresses in the "Bcc" entry box. Separate the names with a semicolon. Type in the message and click Send. You will get the message and all the other recipients will see that you are the primary recipient and they are getting a copy--their own private copy. They will have no idea who else is getting a copy.

     Tip:  Outbox Message Too Large To Send

Open Internet Explorer; go to File and select Work Offline. Close IE and open Outlook Express. You will probably be prompted to go online to send your email. Stay offline, delete the offending message, then go to File and click the Work Offline option. Close OE, then reopen. All should be well.

     Tip:  Outlook Express Mail Accounts

If you have multiple mail accounts set up in Outlook Express, you may not be able to tell easily which messages go with which accounts. However, Outlook Express offers an Account column (it doesn't appear by default) that will show you which account each message belongs with. To activate the Account column, choose View|Columns. When the Columns dialog box opens, select the check box labeled "Account" and then click OK to close the dialog box. The Account column should now appear in your Outlook Express window.

     Tip:  Decode Email Attachments

Decode Shell Extension allows you to decode Internet email attachments simply by right-clicking on a saved message file from Explorer and selecting Decode from the menu. Download here.

     Tip:  Outlook Express Runs Slowly after Disabling/Removing Messenger.  Only 3 Registry edits are required to stop
              Messenger and get rid of the delay in OE.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Messenger\Client.  Add the following values as New, DWord Values:  PreventRun, PreventAutoRun.  Set the value of each of these to1.  Then go to:


Add a New, DWord value called Hide Messenger and set the value to 2.  (This step is required to prevent a long delay when opening OE with the Contacts pane enabled).




For both, in the right pane, right click Default/Modify/Delete the value data.

     Tip:  Change Email Association

When you click the Start button, the resulting menu includes an "Email" shortcut in the top-right corner. Not happy with Windows XP's email program choice--for example, it says Outlook Express, but you prefer to use Outlook? Then change it.

Move your mouse pointer up to the Email item, Right click and select Internet Properties. In the resulting dialog box, click the Programs tab. Under Internet Programs, click the down arrow next to Email and select the desired program--in this case, Microsoft Outlook. Click OK, and you'll see your change the next time you click the Start button.

Alternatively, Right click the Start button or a blank area of the Start menu and select Properties. On the Start Menu tab, click the Customize button next to Start Menu. At the bottom of the resulting dialog box, click the down arrow next to the selected email program and take your pick. Click OK.

     Tip:  Address Book

Move your Address Book to a Safe Location
OLEXP: Error Message: Address Book Failed to Load
OLEXP: Mail Folders, Address Book, and E-mail Messages Are Missing After You Upgrade to Microsoft Windows XP

Err Msg: Address Book Failed to Load, Outlook Express Is...
OLEXP: Outlook Express Address Book Does Not Load

Note:  For KB Articles Q191946 and Q274745 (the above two), with OE 6, the value in:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{7790769C-0471-11d2-AF11-00C04FA35D02} Should read "Address Book 6" without the quotes.

     Block Senders Rule Disappears

Close all open OE windows, then click Start, Run and enter REGEDIT Go to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{GUID}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0\Block Senders\Mail
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{GUID}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0\Block Senders\News

The {GUID} part of the line above is a unique number for the Identity you're currently using. Usually there will only be one.

Right click on the Block Senders\Mail and the Block Senders\News sub keys, in turn, and select Export. This will give you two REG files which can be viewed in Notepad (so you can salvage some of the list).

Then right click the Block Senders subkey and select Delete. Open OE, go to Tools, Message Rules, Blocked Senders. The list will be empty. Close this dialog, then close OE (don't ask my why, but it is a bit flaky).

Now open OE again, go back to Tools, Message Rules, Blocked Senders. Leave this open. Locate the REG files you saved when you selected Export in the earlier steps. Right click on each in turn and select Edit.

Each of the addresses you had Blocked previously are there. The reason for exporting Mail and News separately is so that you can easily determine which address goes in which group, should you be concerned about it.

Outlook Express - Minimize to Tray

From the developer: "PowerMenu adds some powerful new extensions to the windows system menu. It adds the following extensions: -Minimize windows to the system tray. -Make windows overlap other windows (always on top). -Set the parent process priority of windows. -Set the transparency level of a window (Windows 2000/XP only). "Version 1.5.0 supports making console windows top most (under NT) and new command line options."  Download Here.

Outlook Express - Mail Washer

MailWasher is a powerful email checker with effective spam elimination. Discover the safe way to stop unwanted viruses and e-mails before they get to your computer.

Outlook Express - Virus Protection

OLEXP: Using Virus Protection Features in Outlook Express 6


Office XP Suite Support Center
Office XP Resource Kit

Open With

HOW TO: Specify the Program Used to Open Certain File Types
HOW TO: Change File Associations in Windows XP


Outlook Newsgroup
Outlook & Exchange/Windows Messaging Backup and Dual-Boot
HOW TO: Import Contacts into Your Windows XP Address Book
Shared Address Books
Outlook & Exchange Solutions Center
Sharing Microsoft Outlook Calendar and Contacts
To repair a damaged Personal Folders PST file
Import from Outlook to Outlook Express
Do a Search Here: Outlook Issues
OL2000: Outlook Does Not Receive MSN E-mail Messages
OL2000: Error Message: Cannot Start Microsoft Outlook
Allow Opening Attachments in Outlook 2K/XP

Outlook - Minimize to Tray

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Office \ 10.0 \ Outlook \ Preferences

Data Type: REG_DWORD
Value Name: MinToTray
Data: 1 (0 to disable MinToTray)

Owner and Organization - Change

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion In the right pane, double-click RegisteredOrganization. Under "Value data", type the name that you want, and then click OK.

To change the name of the registered owner, do the following: In the right pane, double-click RegisteredOwner. Under "Value data", type the name that you want, and then click OK/Exit.

You can also change this information with a small VB Script available here. 


HOW TO: Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Very good except am not adept to go near the registry, let alone add / and or delete files therein. Need instructions the are FOOL PROOF & reversable if you foul up
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