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Recovering Outlook Express in Dos

By hartwith ·
Hard drive has mechanical fault (clunking noises) and I can only access Win98 directories & files in Dos. I have recovered MyDocs using Zip drive on LPT but I need to recover Outlook Express messages and POP/SMTP settings also Address Book. My customer has no idea what her email settings are!!! I am hoping that I will be able to access the drive more conveniently when I replace the faulty drive and I can then slave in the old one...but I had to bang it hard on the bench to get as far as I have.
Am awarding 250 for this as I need a quick response if possible.

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by TheChas In reply to Recovering Outlook Expres ...

Which version of Windows and OE?

The default OE storage location varies with the version of Windows and OE.

For the early versions of OE, the files are stored at Program files\Outlook Express\
and then I recall sub folders for identities.

For W98 with IE 5 and later, the path is along the lines of:

C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express\{a string}\
(Don't recall the exact location of the string.)

For XP and 2000, the path is:
C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express

There will be 1 .dbx file for each folder in OE plus one extra.

The address book is a {user name}.wab file.
And should be in the Windows folders.

Not sure if the recovered files will bring in the mail settings.
It should be a simple matter to contact the users ISP to get the settings.
Most ISP's have the settings posted on help pages. Then you just need to add the user name and password.


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Here is the path for W98 and OE 5:

C:\Windows\Application Data\Identities\{string}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

There will be an identity folder for each user.

For W98, the address book is at:

C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book


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by sgt_shultz In reply to Recovering Outlook Expres ...

maybe also try to salvage the registry if you can for the missing 'connectoid' dialup connection configuration. you can snip it out of the old registry and double-click it to merge the snippet into the new registry. if the old registry is still intact. as you probably know, registry in win9x is two hidden, system, readonly files located in the windows folder: system.dat and user.dat.

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