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By Shanghai Sam ·
I am having a problem with XP User Accounts and accessing e-mail, and I cannot for the life of me figure out the solution. I do not feel too stupid, however, because I know of two other people who are having the same problem.

Scenario:
Two seperate user accounts in XP Home Edition (User A and User B). This is nice because each user can have their own desktop settings, office 2000 settings, and frequently-used programs. Have only a single ISP, email address, contacts, etc., that need to be shared by both users via Outlook Express 6.

Problem:
Cannot configure OE6 under each user account to share the same information store. When OE6 is set up under User A with POP3, SMTP, and dial-up number, the configuration is not present under User B. I can set up User B with the same configuration. However, each user will only be able to see the email that they downloaded from the ISP. Additionally, if a contact is added by User A, User B will not be able to see that contact.

How the heck to I set up OE to look at the same information store for both users?

Micro$oft will only provide paid support (greedy bastards), even though XP is their operating system. They claim that because it is an OEM install, I must go to the OEM. Dell (the OEM) says to use OE6 Identities, but that is not the answer. Identities allow different OE users under the same XP account. I want the same OE user under different XP accounts.

I thank you in advance for any help you can give.

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by dcosgrove In reply to XP Home and E-mail

You may be able to change the store folder. Go to tool/options/maitainance and see if you can set them both to the same folder. This might cause trouble with seperate user accounts, I have never tried it like that. If thayt doesn't work, you can go to tools/accounts choose the mail account in question click properties go to the advanced tab and set it to leave copy on server or remove after 2 or 3 days, whatever works best. The only draw back to this setup is that you will get the message back after you delete it untill it is removed from the server.

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by marccouture In reply to XP Home and E-mail

Hi,

There's a nice tutorial on how to set this up here:

http://www.loftinspace.com.au/stuffs/express.html

Haven't tested this, but it seems to me that it should work.

Regards,

Marc Couture

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