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XP Home and E-mail

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.

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.

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


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

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


Marc Couture

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