Email client most like Outlook Express?

Hi folks,

I'm coming from XP (yeah, I'm late to the party) and looking for an email client that isn't too much different in feel from Outlook Express. Windows Live Mail ain't it.

Ideas? Thunderbird looks like a maybe, but there must be better.


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I've recently migrated from XP to Win7 and because of that, I'm looking for an email client. I've been using Outlook Express for some time now and have legacy messages that I would like to port to my new client.

Does anyone know of any email clients (other than Windows Live Mail or Outlook) that work well on Win7 and will import my old OE .dbx files directly?

I understand that there is software available to convert the .dbx to mbox or MH, but before I do that, are there any clients that read .dbx directly without having to resort to a third party?

Thanks, C:

I'd like to make Outlook look like Outlook Express... In other words, I don't need alot of the bells and whistles of Outlook, but I apparently need some of those files to run a RingCentral Phoneworks 2002 program. So, I'd like to do a minimal Outlook reinstall to correct some IMAP files so I can run Phoneworks, but still use Outlook Express as my default mail client. Can I jus delete the Outlook icon and continue to use Outlook Express????
Thanks for your help, as always...

Does anyone know HOW to make WLM look and behave like Outlook Express, at least the folders for now.
am going crazy with this (*d45**^&)
I simply want the old folders back if at all possible.
loosing nearly all my hair...
and, might have to go to Outlook or migrate to Gmail
what is better?

Does anyone know or suspect whether Microsoft is going to make Windows Live Mail function like Outlook Express? Or give us OE in addition to that lightweight Live Mail? Has anyone heard any rumors?

Will Outlook Express work if I run my 32 bit Windows 7 Professional in XP mode?

If I have Windows Live Mail installed on my computer, nothing is sent to the Microsoft web site right? My address book for instance, or anything else? Comcast is my ISP and Earthlink is where my mail comes into so I did not have to change email addresses when I got Comcast cable. Both have web mail but I rarely use it..

Is there another board where I should post my questions about mail programs? I am not familiar with how the Lounge works.

I can't understand why they would take a perfectly good mail program and replace it with this "thing" they call live mail.

Most everyone today has multiple email addresses. Why would anyone in their right mind at Microsoft think that most people want multiple inboxes? Or a single huge 20 gigabyte inbox begging for corruption that can't be made smaller without deleting messages out of one's "storage" folders?

I read where someone said this new mail program handles large files better. I am not sure what they mean by large files, but if, by any chance they mean a large inbox, "sent mail", drafts, or large other folder, the answer was sooooo simple! Just move messages out of that folder into a new folder that you name, for instance, "inbox 7-1-2009 t0 12-31-2009. You can even make it stay at the top, in order, by naming it 1. Inbox etc. or * Inbox.

If you have a folder that you move stuff out of often, just compact that single folder every so often to keep it small and get rid of the empty space in it caused by moving messages out.

I would like help to find the email Attachment Removal software that I have been using for a couple of years which due to a Hard Disk disaster I have lost from my system

I had to reinstall all my programs but I have been unable to find this little gem in my Program or Download Files folders

All I can recall is that it was created by a chap in Canada

It's a very small sized program which when opened puts a small window on the desktop

It works in Outlook and Outlook Express and all you do is drop the email which has an attachment on to one of the window's "buttons" a which turns from red to green You then drag it back to the email folder and you have the email without the attachments !!

Does anyone know/use this same program ?

If so could they email me a copy or tell me the URL site where I can download it again

Alternatively if someone knows of an similar program could they please do the same

Thanks in advance

Max Rieper

Hello all. I'd like to know if there is an an email application that replaced Outlook Express in Windows 7 and if so, is there a way to transfer or copy our contacts list, inbox, drafts, junk mail, etc... to this application.

We currently are running Windows XP Pro 32 bit. I have no idea about this and any information would greatly be appreciated. I intend on purchacing Home Premium after first SP pack comes out.



I have been using Outlook Express as my email client for years now. Recently
I purchased a Palm PDA which allows me to utilize Outlook to enter scheds and
what not into the PDA. How can I make Outlook my default instead of Outlook
Thank you Mr Ortega for your suggestion. I have verified the what you
suggested, and all my internet settings are exactly as you said. However my
email still goes to Outlook Express and not Outlook.
Please, Please, Please any other help or ideas??????????

We are having to reformat and reinstall everything on our computer and I want to save the emails that are currently in the inbox, the address book and all the emails that have been filed in several different file folders that have been created in Outlook Express. I do not know where to look for them with Windows Explorer so that I can copy them to a CD before we reintall all the software. I do not also know what extensions the files will have so I am not able to do a search. Any help is sincerely appreciated. thank you, John


What's involved in moving my e-mail client from Outlook Express to Outlook. I want to be able to send & receive e-mail in the same manner as I do now...& also have the extra capabilities (Calendar, etc.)

Is Outlook available from Microsoft as a download (like Outlook Express)...or obtained off-the-shelf?
Can I simply install Outlook, migrate settings, options & folders; & then kill OE? How does this work?



Email addresses in the body of a message do not work. The link is in blue and is active, it brings up the box in which to compose a new message with the correct To: address but after about 20 seconds an error message box appears that says the "Outlook Express has encountered a problem and needs to close, sorry ...".

One then has a chance to send an automatic error report but this provides no clue to what is wrong.

This is a fault that has always been there and has been tolerated; I thought I would ask if anyone can help, please.

I should say that embedded web addresses work perfectly.


The email messages imported from Outlook Express on 12/24 all show email date received as 12/24. When open the email, the original sent date is displayed OK, but when sorting emails by date, all those appear as 12/24/04 no matter how far back they go. I doubt those dates can be changed to the original received date, but any suggestions out there?

MailTo: links in Chrome, Firefox, & IE fail to open my email client (Eudora) like they did up to a month or two ago.

When I click on a MailTo: link in Chrome v.16.0.912.77m, it does nothing at all. Absolutely nothing, as if I had not clicked anything.

In Firefox v.10 & 12, it opens my default browser (Chrome) in a new window, and opens my default home page, but no email client at all.

In IE v.9.0.8112, it acts exactly like FF.

Until recently, MailTo: links always opened Eudora and filled in the To: field properly. I have not (knowingly) changed anything in my Eudora settings. I may have changed some settings in my Gmail and Hotmail accounts, but can't remember if any of those might have had any effect on Eudora.

My system parameters:

OS: Windows 7 (Home Premium) Service Pack 1; v.6.1.7601.17727
CPU: Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
MEM: 4 x 1024 MB = 4 GB (DDR2)
STO: 1.4 TB total; Over 300 GB free on Internal and 100 GB free on External HDDs

Hi lounge members,

As the title may suggest, I am an Windows XP user who uses Outlook Express now; But also getting a new Win 7 desktop in the next week or so. I know the newsletter has given directions on how to install OE for Windows 7 users but while that may temporarily be the answer I am looking for something that might be longer term and maybe more up to date. As for what I like about OE - interms of what I might be lookingfor in terms of an email client replacement, I like that you can have unlimited message delivery rules, and that each email folder is stored as seperate files on the hard rive, not all together as in Outlook or as seperate emails like Windows Live Mail. I am a computer programmer and fairly knowledgeable about software programs, so please bear that in mid when giving suggestions.


Why I wish I could use Windows Mail formerly known as Outlook Express, in Windows 8. *If* I had Windows 8. I don't have it. This message is a response to someone on another thread who wondered why I would want Windows Mail in the newest operating system, Windows 8.

From what I understand, Windows 8 has "Metro" Mail which at this point only allows IMAP accounts, not the POP3 accounts I think most people use. I suppose that'll change someday. Dunno. In an IMAP account your mail is stored somewhere on a server and a shadow or duplicate copy is stored on your own computer. When you send an email, it goes up to the cloud to that server first, and then is sent back to your own computer so (for me at least) there is a lag between when I send an email and when I see it in my computer email program's "sent messages" box. IMAP mail is nice for people who need to access their mail from multiple locations and do want to also be able to see it on their own computer when they are offline. For me, POP3 is fine and one benefit is that there is no lag time.

1. It has a single inbox and I do not have to mess with multiple inboxes, one for each account, or use an "all" inbox which is a shadow of all the real ones. Regarding Windows Live Mail 2011, it will allow you to change the order of your inboxes (one for each email address you have) but if you close the program and reopen it, everything will have switched back to its original location.

2. It has an image resizer so I can send small image files, in my choice of sizes, to people as attachments to the email. They can easily view these small size files in the body of the email. They do not have to connect to "Skydrive" to see the photos I sent them up there in the cloud on somebody's server and there is no time limit on how long they are available to be viewed. And, if I attach a photo to an email without skydrive, it does not appear in the recipient's box full size so that you can't make head or tail of it by scrolling down in the body of the email, you have to view it in an image viewer to see it all at once in the same screen. Photos are important to me. They are part of the way I make my living. I need to be able to send them to clients in small size attachments for quick viewing and attaching has to be click click click, not a roundabout method.

3. It has no Skydrive connection (not interested in Skydrive).

4. My "storage folders" are immediately beneath the standard non-deletable original folders: Inbox, Outbox, Sent Mail, Deleted, Drafts, Junk Mail and this order of boxes I just typed is intuitive and common sense, in its order.

5. The "ribbon" is simple and easy to use, rather than being an exploded mess like WLM. Nuff said about that because new WLM users know.

6. It is both Pop3 and IMAP so you can have both types of accounts.

7. Webmail isn't better than the email program. I have several webmail accounts and don't care for them for heavy duty use on a daily basis. I want my mail on my own computer where I can see it and access it whether I am online or not.

8. I don't care for Outlook.

9. I don't have to look around and find a non-microsoft email program such as Thunderbird, Eudora etc. I know many use and love them and that's wonderful. I like to stick with what I know in an email program that I have customized to suit my individual needs.

10. I can copy and paste a news story into an email in WM and then highlight the headline and drag it to the subject line and drop it in the subject line. No need to cut and paste it to get it into the subject line. I send a lot of news stories and I also save a lot to my own folders so I can use them for reference later when I am writing something. So this was a valuable thing to me although it may not matter to others.

11. I can forward any email with pictures I want to anyone else and it does not give the recipient blank boxes like WLM 2011 does (I hear there is a WLM 2012 that works ok in that regard, just wonder why the heck I could not get it in January when I had to switch over from XP to Windows 7 because my old laptop died. Why did I have to struggle with 2011 when 2012 existed? I didn't find any 2012 then. I wonder why not.

That's just 11 reasons I'd love to have Windows Mail (formerly Outlook Express) in Windows 8. I am sure there are more if I took more time to think about it.

I did try Windows Live Mail for 5 months and tried really hard to like it and work with it before I gave up and used the tutorial on how to install Windows Mail in Windows 7. I did it, it was scary because to me the instructions were confusing, but, it turned out to be easy and I am so happy with it now. In that same thread there is a message on thread page 125 by Endeavor in which he says Windows Mail can be used in Windows 8 and he provides a link to another post of his in where he describes how to do it. I do not have Windows 8 so I can't try it myself. The EightForums thread was written in January so something may have changed since then to make it not work in Windows 8. My email program is *extremely* important to me and whether the one I have to use does what I want and need it to do plays a large part in my OS choices. I recognize this is not so for many others.


Hi, I am told that my Operating System is corupt and that I must do a "Restore" on my computer which will cause me to lose all of my files and saved emails. What I would like to do is to save all of my email files to a CD or Diskette so that I ould reload them into Outlook Express after the Restore.

I cannot figure out how to do this. I've tried to "export" but the only destination offered is regular Outlook or MS Exchange (which I do not have). Can anyone PLEASE help me to learn how to save my email messages to CD or Diskette?

Thank you for any guidence you can share with this newbie.


I went on an interview for a new job working with Access databases. I would consider myself above average in knowledge of Access, but no where near what most of you are I'm sure. The prospective employer didn't know you could email reports straight from Access, so when I told him you could he was really interested. However, I have always done it with the simple command button wizard which pulls up Outlook Express. He asked me if you could use the software they use in his office called GroupWise (I believe).

Do any of you know if you can use something other than a MS product?

I'm posting this before I research it, so while I'm researching - I hope one of you all can help me out.

Thank you!!!

Hi all,

I read with great interest the thread on what email clients people are using. I have been using Outlook and love it, but for a variety of reasons, I am moving my wife and will soon be moving myself to something else. I actually have my wife going with Thunderbird, and for the most part, we really like it. However, the transition from Outlook to Thunderbird pretty much reeks. It was hard (read that "impossible") to move her .pst files and settings to Thunderbird without going through all sorts of obnoxious hoops, and I finally gave up. Couldn't move the Address Book stuff at all without MAJOR and time-consuming processing.

Is there another email client that makes it easier to transition from Outlook, by exporting/importing emails, settings, and Address Book info?

I appreciate whatever help anyone can provide.

Chuck Beck

Either in VB or VBA, is there a way to detect which email client is selected?

I have used a method to see if a .dll is present (for Outlook 97, 2000 or express), but more than one may be installed so I'd like to be able to detect which program is in the email box in internet explorer/tools/internet options/programs

At a guess i'd say its stored in the registry somewhere but im not sure and havent had any luck in finding it. Any help would be much appreciated.

I'm tearing my hair out over this problem, and hoping someone can help.

I have a client who has thousands of emails (c 4Gb) locked up in Outlook Express on a Win 2000 machine. I've successfully retrieved them from the machine and imported them into a brand-new XP machine. She is adamant she wants to stick with XP and OE. She is a big user of family history programs, many of which are only useful in XP. Migrating onto Windows 7 is a non-starter (yes, yes, I know :-) )

Her email address is strictly POP3 only. I've set up a Gmail address for her which polls her POP3 email address for her. Gmail is set up with IMAP access via OE.

The sticking point is her massive database of email. It sits on OE in a series of folders in Local Folders. The best way of future-proofing her email and her eventual move from OE is to put it all onto Gmail/IMAP. But how to get her email in there?

Copying folders into the IMAP account in OE doesn't work. Emails can be dragged into IMAP but the folders need to be recreated in IMAP: this will take forever.

Thunderbird can import OE mail, but only if OE is installed on the same machine as I understand it.

She does have access to Outlook 2007. All I have read on the Net seems to suggest mail can be imported from OE to Outlook, possibly using Windows Live Mail as an intermediary. However, if the folder structures aren't maintained and not re-created on the IMAP server easily, this is another long and tedious job.

So, in summary, I need to
- take a very large number of emails in folders from OE
- import them into Gmail via IMAP, whilst maintaining the folders.

Grateful for any and all suggestions!