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How do I re-install Outlook Express?

How do I re-install Outlook Express?


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55 comments on “How do I re-install Outlook Express?”

  1. Outlook Express comes up & but has the space where the e-mail usually is, is empty. When I click on an address or “tools”/etc, it tells me it is “not responding”. This happened about 2 weeks ago. Please Help.
    Many Thanks

  2. Hi,

    I am having trouble with my outlook express..(actually my moms,) the problem started yesterday, with outlook not opening up…freezing and not popping up the emails like it’s suppose to..why is this doing this? first time ever…gah! I”m so lost and confused. HELP!!

  3. I use to have outlook express on my computer. I recently had my computer reformated. I don’t remember which one I had. I think possibly the 6.0 version not sure. What do I download. It was free.

  4. How can I install Outlook Express on my laptop so that it opens in the same window as my desktop? Can I do that? So I get all the messages on both machines like I get with Yahoo? Thanks.

  5. I can not open outlook express at all. And before when i could open it, it still wouldn’t let me it said something about “outlook express is incorrectly installed” but i don’t know how to do that. It would be realy good if you could help me that would be wonderful.
    Thank you

  6. I have the same problem with Outlook Express “not responding” but when I try and download IE, the setup stops telling me that there is a newer version of IE already working on my computer. How do I remove the new version so that I can download IE and hopefully fix Outlook Express??

  7. 1) give it time … it’s not always obvious that it’s working … searching can take time.
    2) are you sure that you’ve selected the appropriate folders that you expect to find things in?
    3) it’s certainly possible that what you’re looking for isn’t there.

  8. I had a crash and after that half of all my e-mails were gone from Inbox, the first half are all there in the folders, the rest are gone, and the other folders are empty. The last folder that has e-mails contains this message:
    “Message could not be displayed
    Outlook Express encountered an unexpected problem while displaying this message. Check your computer for low memory or low disk space and try again.
    ——————-Outlook Express”
    My computer was checked and it is determined that there is plenty of memory.

  9. am trying to send a resume and it tells me that outlook express is not correctly installed and i downloaded the internet explore 2 times to see if it comes in the internet package and it still not working

  10. I need to be able to post the Outlook Express Icon onto my Desk Top.
    An error in deleting the wrong Icon caused me to deleted it. I need it back. How do I do it? Thank you, Paul Morris hilton

  11. We are getting the error message, “Outlook express could not be started because another instance of it is still running on your computer”. I have followed your instructions up top (installing newest version of IE) but no change. There are actually two error messages we are getting. When we click the OE icon, OE opens up in the Local Folders screen and a pop up message says, “The folder could not be created. A folder name must contain at least one character.” Then when we click the “OK” button, the error mentioned above pops up. When we click the “OK” button there, the 1st message pops up and it turns out to be an endless cycle that can only be ended through “End Task” in Task Manager. Any assistance you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

  12. NOTE: You must be logged on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group in order to perform this procedure.

    Click Start , click Run , and then type the following command:

    NOTE : There are no spaces at all in the preceding command line.

    Click OK to open the INF folder.
    Locate the file MSOE50.inf .
    Right-click the file, and then click Install . This will reinstall the files that Outlook Express needs to proceed normally.

    It will ask you to put your windows XP cd in the drive, just browse to the i386 folder when requested.

  13. I keep getting the error message….the host “SMPT” could not be found. Account pop3 server “SMPT”,protocal: “SMPT”,port:25,secure(SSL):No,socket error:11001,error number:0x800CCC0D…when i try to send messages. How can i fix this.

  14. You do not have your SMTP server name configured correctly. Check with the settings you would have gotten from your ISP and make sure that your mail program is configured properly.

  15. This is the error message:
    Your server has unexpectedly terminated the connection. Possible causes for this include
    server problems, network problems, or a long period of inactivity. Account:
    ‘’, Server: ‘’, Protocol: POP3, Server Response: ‘+OK
    1421 octets’, Port: 110, Secure(SSL): No, Error Number: 0x800CCC0F

    I know I have the right pop3 and smtp. I have other computers and the email works on those. When I add other emails to the outlook express they dont work either. I have reinstalled outlook express and it still does not work. I then tried installing IE 7.0 but no help there either. I sure could use some help. thanks

  16. New computer- has vista
    How do I get outlook express from internet explorer? they say I have outlook express with internet explorer. If so – how do I get to it and how to import my addresss book from my old computer.

  17. Although I can open my mail in Outlook Express , I can’t reply. When I try, it says:The Address Bool failed to load. Outlook Express is incorrectly configued, please re-install.”
    Exactly how do I reinstall? In simple terms, please!

  18. I have a new Laptop with WIN Vista.
    I need to install a Plug (send personally) for Outlook Express.
    I will like to know if I can Install the old Outlook Express using Vista ?
    If is a way.. How do I do it ?
    Thank you.

    Hash: SHA1

    As far as I know, you cannot. You can try Windows Mail (already in Vista) or
    Windows Live Mail (a download, similar to Outlook). More here:


    Version: GnuPG v1.4.7 (MingW32)


  20. Dear Leo,

    I need your help.

    I’m using Outlook Express for many years.

    Yesterday when I check my in-box….I noticed that I cant delete e mails that I dont want to keep any more.

    Also…each time I try opening new received e mails (as well as old mails), the following window showed up. : ” OUTLOOK EXPRESS WAS UNABLE TO SEND A RECEIPT ” ………when I click on send and receive….I get the following error window : ” AN UNKNOWN ERROR ACCURED – ERROR # 0x800c0133 ” preventing me to load my e mails from my server.

    Seems my outlook express been freezed ! Is there any way to fix or repair this problem???

    Please help me fix this problem.

    Many Thanks,

    David Cohen

  21. I am trying to update XP home edition to sp2. The update will not take, keeps hanging at WABMIG.exe installation. This is related to Outlook Express I think, but I cannot get Outlook express to install. I’ve tried reinstalling Internet Explorer and still no luck. There are a couple utilities I want to run on this PC, but I need to have service pack 2 installed, but can’t get that installed until I get this WABMIG.exe issue resolved.

    Any ideas??

  22. I download mails from hotmail http server and have my adress book syn on the server but now i cant access my mails from mail has only pop server

  23. All of a sudden I cannot get my outlook express e mail to function. I can get my e mail on web mail but cannot receive any mail on my outlook express

  24. Just started 2 days ago – I cannot get my outlook express e mail to function. I can only get my e mail on web mail but cannot receive any mail on my outlook express.
    Please advise,

  25. I have this same problem with Outlook as: Posted by: Carla Conover at July 11, 2007 06:08 PM

    Although, I can open my mail in OE 6.0, Not able to reply, new message or send email.


    “The Address Book failed to load. OE incorrectly configued, please re-install.”
    Besides using legal Windows XP, with this method, there are missing files, i.e. sol.exe for soletaire game. I don’t download games. Is there a web-page to download the 6.0 OE re-install program?

  26. I have Outlook Express 6 with 2 identities. Recently, on my secondary identity, I can no longer receive emails. Instead all the emails that were sent to my secondary identity went into my primary identity account. How do I fix this? Please email me back if you can.


  28. I use outlook for my business email. My computer recently required a system restore and i can’t access my emails anymore. Can you please tell me how to go about re downloading and accessing my emails?

    Any help would be appreciated.

  29. outlook express was deleated from my computer, and i don’t have the MSOE5.0.inf ON MY COMPUTER, How do i reinstall it? Please help. tried Run %systemroot%\inf

  30. I can not get into my outlook express email like before it seems to have disappeared on my desk top how can I get it back?

  31. I have downloaded the latest internet explorer on windows XP however outlook express will still not install. I have tried windows mail also and that won’t install thanks to the genuine windows advantage requirement. Any ideas?

  32. Hi,
    I have a little ASUS with a 4 gb HDD. I managed to get a stripped down version of windows to run it but the Ie6 didn’t have outlook express.
    After struggling with portable email clients I decided to go back to OE and storing the data on the external HDD.
    So I downloaded IE7 (because I understood it to have OE6)
    It hasn’t and I don’t know how to get it.
    Please help…..I am going crazy.

  33. I somehow changed my outlook express to microsoft office outlook. Cannot access my mail. How do I change back to outlook express.

  34. My old computer crashes and I bought a new computer. When I ried to install Microsoft office it stated that my user key was already activated on my old computer. Do I need to by a new product key for the new computer or can I still somehow use the old one.

  35. How do I re-install Outlook Express Icon on the desktop. I used to be able to create an Icon from the startup menu, it is no loger possible.

  36. I was using the old version of outlook express. I can’t open my outlook express since a few days. What can I do. My computor is too old for a new version. I have a millinium

    It kinda depends on what you mean by “I can’t open” – that could mean many things and all might have different answers. If you can’t repair Outlook Express as outlined in the article, I’d be tempted to suggest you move to Thunderbird (though a Windows Millenium machine is very old and if there’s a way to upgrade that’s the real solution).



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