Abandoning Outlook Express

Table of contents

Abandoning Outlook Express
PocoMail
Alternatives to Outlook Express
DBXtract.exe
Mbx2Mbox.pl
LibDBX (*.c)
oe2mbx.exe
Author
Licence

Abandoning Outlook Express

This document discusses strategies for replacing Outlook Express with some other email client.

The instructions may well apply to Outlook, but I did not try them with Outlook.

PocoMail

I have recently switched to PocoMail, and am 100% satisfied with it.

See http://www.pocomail.com for a list of its many features.

I list here only a tiny number of those features:

Has built-in backup and restore for all mail and user options
Has built-in, extensible, junk mail filter
Does not use a proprietary file format
Does not execute attachments
Does not use IE in the preview pane as does OE

Alternatives to Outlook Express

If you install another email client, you can of course stop OE reading your mail, and then use OE to forward your already-received mail to yourself, and read it with the new email client.

Alternately, you can run a program to export your old mail directly into text files. A list of such programs follows.

DBXtract.exe

This is the program I used to backup my OE-based mail.

Warning: You must create the output directories before running this program.

Do something like:

        shell>md \oe.bak
        shell>md \oe.bak\inbox
        shell>md \oe.bak\sent

        etc, and the run DBXtract.exe on each OE mailbox.

Mbx2Mbox.pl

If you prefer using Perl programs, try this one.

Your run it from OE's directory like so (watch the wrap):

        shell>cd "\WinNT\Profiles\Administrator\Application Data\Identities\
        {F6694DE0-76D0-11D3-9D39-90B48097C1C3}\Microsoft\Outlook Express"
        shell>perl Mbx2Mbox.pl -d Apache.dbx

        but read the instructions!

LibDBX (*.c)

If you prefer compiling your own version of this C code, try LibDBX. I did not try it.

oe2mbx.exe

When I run this, it simple opens and instantly closes a DOS window, so I can't say what it does. Hopefully it does nothing!

Author

Ron Savage .

Home page: http://savage.net.au/index.html

Version: 1.01 01-Jun-2006

This version disguises my email address.

Version: 1.00 10-Mar-2002

Original version.

Licence

Australian Copyright © 2002 Ron Savage. All rights reserved.

        All Programs of mine are 'OSI Certified Open Source Software';
        you can redistribute them and/or modify them under the terms of
        The Artistic License, a copy of which is available at:
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