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My main computer crashed and data has been retrieved from the hard drive including all my Outlook Ex

 
 
Reply Sat 20 Jun, 2015 06:15 am
I'm going to provide too much info because those of us who are computer knuckleheads think everything is important since it's all a mystery to us.

My main computer crashed and data has been retrieved from the hard drive including all my Outlook Express dbx files. There are four years of e-mails in these files and critical that I be able to open them.

My only working computer runs XP. It has Outlook Express installed on it and was once used for e-mail, but no longer and not set up with my provider to send or receive if that matters at all. Other than sending and receiving all other OE program functions seem operational.

I have read many explanations on how to open dbx files on various sites - every one is completely different and most seem far beyond my skill level.

Is there a fairly painless way to open these files? I don't want to attempt anything that could damage them. Please....any solution please walk me through in the simplest terms - I'm 64 but pretend you're explaining the process to a 7 year old. Yes, I'm that lame!

Sorry for writing a novel and thanks to anyone who will take their time to help the clueless!
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Reply Sat 20 Jun, 2015 07:40 am
@morgangrant,
Do you have Outlook working on another computer? Not Outlook Express, but Outlook.

I ask because this is a conversion tool:
http://curah.microsoft.com/105823/manually-convert-dbx-to-pst-outlook-express-to-ms-outlook

I got that by doing some searching on Microsoft. That's really the best place to look for this sort of help. They're pretty good with providing information.

Now, if your question, instead, is how to get Outlook Express going, The problem is that Microsoft isn't supporting Outlook Express anymore. No matter what, you need to be converting .dbx files to .pst files.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/outlook-express#tabs=windows-7

This looks to be a good solution:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/import-your-messages-or-account-from-outlook-express-to-outlook-HA010079919.aspx?CTT=1

Also - do yourself a HUGE favor. Sign up for a One Drive.
https://onedrive.live.com/

OneDrive is supported by Windows and is cloud storage. Use it for things like photos and documents. That way, if a machine crashes, you will still have the intact data.

OneDrive is free to a certain point, but at least you'll have a lot of your files.
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