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  • Question

  • Fix and repair Outlook Express Folders and Folders.dbx file without
    loosing Folder Structure.
    Fix "Currently in Use" error when compacting
    Instructions:
    A)  Find your Outlook Express Store Location:  Outlook Express, Tools,
    Options, Maintenance Tab, Store Folder.  Write down the location or
    select the text using your mouse and right click and select copy.  Now
    Click Cancel.  Close Outlook Express completely.
    B)  Browse to the store folder location from step 1 (the fastest way
    is to open any folder and paste the location into the address bar).
    C) Rename the Store Folder by adding a .bak to the end.  For example:
    Outlook Express
    to
    Outlook Expires.bak
    Note:  Although not necessary, you may wish to make a safety copy of
    the Outlook Express Store Folder before starting step 3 above (for
    example, make a copy and call it "Outlook Express Safe Backup".
    D).  Create a new empty folder in the same location with the exact
    same name as the original (without the .bak obviously), e.g.:  Outlook
    Express
    E) Start Outlook Express and select:  File, Import, Messages, [Your
    Version of Outlook Express], Import Mail from OE6 Store Directory,
    Browse to the Folder you renamed (the one with the .bak, in our
    example:  Outlook Express.bak).
    F) Complete the Import Wizard and the import will begin.
    This will import all your outlook email and freshly rebuild all your
    folders including the file Folders.dbx.  Your folder structure will
    also be imported.
    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:05 AM

Answers

  • First of all, its probably not necessary to generate a new message store 
    just because of folders.dbx being in use.  If you go to File | Work offline 
    after rebooting and just starting OE, then one can usually fix the issue.
    But its a lot easier just to go to File | Identities and setup a new 
    Identity which will give you a clean message store and a new registry hive 
    and then the user can go to File | Import | Messages and import from the 
    older Identity.  This is a proven method for resolving many issues.
    See next solution dbx repair 

    • Edited by arnavsharma Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:41 AM advertising link removed
    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Saturday, August 2, 2014 4:12 PM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharma Friday, August 8, 2014 1:47 AM
    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:39 AM
  • You can google and find some 3rd party tool. 

    Arnav Sharma | http://arnavsharma.net/ Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Saturday, August 2, 2014 4:12 PM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharma Friday, August 8, 2014 1:47 AM
    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:41 AM

All replies

  • First of all, its probably not necessary to generate a new message store 
    just because of folders.dbx being in use.  If you go to File | Work offline 
    after rebooting and just starting OE, then one can usually fix the issue.
    But its a lot easier just to go to File | Identities and setup a new 
    Identity which will give you a clean message store and a new registry hive 
    and then the user can go to File | Import | Messages and import from the 
    older Identity.  This is a proven method for resolving many issues.
    See next solution dbx repair 

    • Edited by arnavsharma Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:41 AM advertising link removed
    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Saturday, August 2, 2014 4:12 PM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharma Friday, August 8, 2014 1:47 AM
    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:39 AM
  • You can google and find some 3rd party tool. 

    Arnav Sharma | http://arnavsharma.net/ Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    • Proposed as answer by arnavsharma Saturday, August 2, 2014 4:12 PM
    • Marked as answer by arnavsharma Friday, August 8, 2014 1:47 AM
    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:41 AM
  • Free fix or repair Outlook Express folders in manual way...
    Deletion of temporary internet files
    Compacting all folders
    Re-register Outlook Express and its libraries

    Full Information - : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2398839
    • Proposed as answer by Ariana Scott Tuesday, August 12, 2014 6:23 AM
    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:47 AM