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#1 User is offline   zinfan 

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 10:56 AM

Some time ago my Dell 8250 computer running Windows XP was "adjusted" so that Outlook Express 6 would open automatically on start up. This was done by a 'wandering minstrel' that I can no longer reach. At the time it was useful and efficient and saved time.





NOW, I am considering moving to Web Mail, and so this "feature" is a problem.


1. Could someone explain to me how I can remove Outlook Express from start up so that it will not interfere with Yahoo Mail. At the same time I would like to keep it available in case I need it again.


2. A related question... how can I easily move my file folders and saved emails from Outlook Express to Webmail. ?


Thank you in advance for considering my problem'


Cheers,


Zinfan
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 12:38 PM

Hi Zinfan and welcome to PCWorld. :-)




First, just a few points:

- I have changed your Discussion title to give a clearer indication of your question. For future reference, please be as descriptive as possible in both the heading of your Discussion as well as the post itself.

- When submitting Discussions, please do not put two questions, even though they may be related, within the same Discussion. If the problems are more involved, one issue may get lost or forgotten.

- Since your concern has to do with emails, I have moved this Discussion from the Windows Community into the Web Browsing & Email Community




Now, on to your question:

1) I do not believe there is a clearcut answer within Outlook Express itself. That being the case, you can open up the msconfig function and disable Outlook Express from starting when you turn on your computer. Please follow these steps:

- Click Start -> Run

- Type "msconfig" (without the quotes) and hit the Enter key

- From within the System Configuration Utility window, select the Startup tab

- Scroll through the startup list. You should see a line entry that refers to Outlook Express. Once you find it, remove the check mark from that line entry and then click Apply and then OK

- You will be prompted to restart your computer

- Once your computer restarts, a disclaimer window will appear telling you that the System Configuration Utility was used. Put a check mark in the box electing not to see that message again.


That takes care of the first question.




2) This question may be best answered by providing a couple of links. Please refer to the following sites for a brief tutorial on how to transfer from Outlook Express to Window Mail:

http://www.vista4beg...to-Windows-Mail

http://www.iopus.com...s/oe-backup.htm
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 12:38 PM

What operating system are you using?


The way I use webmail with outlook express is just the opposite of what you are proposing. I keep all my current e-mails on webmail, but then when my webmail box starts to fill up, I pull down the older ones to my Outlook Express for archiving.


This means that you need to set up a hold or a current folder on webmail to ensure that they don't get pulled down, as once you have Outlook Express set to recognize the webmail, it will pull down you entire inbox when it is started. I have 10 MB of storage on my webmail and can access it from any internet connected computer. The last time I checked, my Outlook Express on my old desktop had over 250 MB of e-mails going back about 7 years.
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 03:45 PM

mphenterprises said:

Hi Zinfan and welcome to PCWorld. :-)




First, just a few points:




* I have changed your Discussion title to give a clearer indication of your question. For future reference, please be as descriptive as possible in both the heading of your Discussion as well as the post itself.

* When submitting Discussions, please do not put two questions, even though they may be related, within the same Discussion. If the problems are more involved, one issue may get lost or forgotten.

* Since your concern has to do with emails, I have moved this Discussion from the Windows Community into the Web Browsing & Email Community




Now, on to your question:

1) I do not believe there is a clearcut answer within Outlook Express itself. That being the case, you can open up the msconfig function and disable Outlook Express from starting when you turn on your computer. Please follow these steps:




Click Start -> Run*

Type "msconfig" (without the quotes) and hit the Enter* key

From within the System Configuration Utility window, select the Startup* tab

Scroll through the startup list. You should see a line entry that refers to Outlook Express. Once you find it, remove the check mark from that line entry and then click Apply and then OK*

* You will be prompted to restart your computer

* Once your computer restarts, a disclaimer window will appear telling you that the System Configuration Utility was used. Put a check mark in the box electing not to see that message again.

That takes care of the first question.





2) This question may be best answered by providing a couple of links. Please refer to the following sites for a brief tutorial on how to transfer from Outlook Express to Window Mail:

www.vista4beginners.com/Migrate-from-Outlook-Express-to-Windows-Mail

[http://www.iopus.com.../oe-backup.htm]



The other possibility was the a link/shortcut to Outlook Express was placed in your "Startup" folder. Go to Start Menu > Programs > Startup and see if Outlook Express is include. If it is and you want to get rid of it, right-click on the Outlook Express entry and then select "Delete" from the pop-up menu. When you re-boot, it should not startup automatically.

As to getting your current messages into Web mail, that is easier said then done. It will largely depend on your webmail service and how it works.
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 02:10 PM

Apologies for the delayed response - other pressing priorities. Your help was very

much appreciated. Thank you for the links - I am still struggling with the transfer of

emails. The othe priorities has meant little time.

Cheers, Zinfan
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 02:21 PM

Sorry for the delay.

Your method of operation is just what I want to do. Perhaps I was not clear on my reasons for eliminating Outlook Express from startup

It opened and automatically downloaded my emails! So now that it is tamed and set to only download on command it can (or could ) work

in the same way you are set up. Is there any way to control what is downloaded ? Right now SEND AND RECEIVE drops everything

into my box.

Rgards Zinfan
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 04:23 PM

Hi ZinFan. What exactly are you trying to accomplish? Normally, when you either click Send and Receive or you let Outlook Express or Outlook automatically download the emails, everything in your inbox donwloads into the email client. What exactly do you want to accomplish?
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