Since XP support has ended is it still worthwhile my buying Microsoft’s XP mode to upgrade my Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium in order to return back to my favorite Outlook Express? I foolishly paid nearly $200 extra for a PC package containing Outlook having been told it was like Outlook Express but better. I don’t like it and thus my desire to return to Outlook Express.
The short answer is no, you don’t want to do this.
For one thing, you may not need to spend any money to do what you’re asking. More importantly, it’s not something that I recommend you do, at all.
I’ve never tried, but can an XP machine run without a network connection? Considering how much hassle and exposure a VM would be, wouldn’t the best solution be an inexpensive dedicated computer running XP with no network interface at all?
Yes, Windows XP can certainly run that way.
It’s funny, we sometimes forget that when Windows XP first came out over a decade ago, networks weren’t as common as they are now. So yes, running XP, isolated as you suggest, is one way to reduce exposure.
Leo, I’m finding myself confronted with an unexpected problem. We bought an HP Pavilion desktop PC for my wife, which runs Windows 8.1. However, the entire correspondence with HP regarding the details of the transaction was done by email on my computer running Windows XP, SP3 and Outlook Express.
Now, I printed all of it out, of course but to be on the safe side, I also saved the entire correspondence to CD. Our usual total email traffic is done on my computer in order to avoid any mix-ups. Now, when my computer bites the dust, our entire collection of email and also other correspondence written on that Windows XP PC will be useless and lost since it cannot be read on the new PC running Windows 8.1. Would you have any idea how to get around this problem? Perhaps installing Outlook Express the new PC, but I suspect that Windows 8.1 will not take this.
In my opinion, there’s just no debate. The age of Outlook Express is over. It’s time to move on to something that’s less buggy and actually supported.
But that does leave many existing Outlook Express users with a big problem: what do you do with all the email that you have stored in your existing Outlook Express installation?
When I close my email program, Windows Mail, I constantly get a message that says I can compact the mail. Do I wish to do that? I say no as I don’t know what compacting it entails. What happens when it’s compacted and will I be able to reconstitute the mail that I have in the various folders so that I may respond to it, forward it, or whatever?
Compacting should make the files on disk smaller and potentially the access of emails thereafter a little faster.
I say ‘should’ because compaction has what I’ll call a sordid history. In Outlook Express, compaction was a land mine.