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Outlook Express malfunctioning

My Outlook Express keeps giving me the pop-up message

"To free up disk space, Outlook Express can compact messages. This may take up to a few minutes."
OK / Cancel

When I cancel, it just pops back up with a ding sound. The more I try to cancel it the faster it pops back up until after a while the dinging sound repeats so rapidly it sounds like a continuous phone ringing. The only way I can stop any of this is by closing Outlook Express, but it happens again every time I launch the program. The same pop-up appears once when I boot up my computer even though OE has not yet been launched.

It all started a few weeks ago when the pop-up appeared and I clicked "OK" but interrupted it before it had finished compacting.

Prepared to abandon OE, so I downloaded Mozilla Thunderbird, but I cannot figure out how to set up Thunderbird to access my hotmail accounts.

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  • cosmoquark Sep 21, 2008

    I should not have mixed two issues in the same posting. My main concern is fixing OE. How can I fix the problem with OE?



    If you can only help with the Thunderbird issue, here are my concerns about your response to that.



    I downloaded Mozilla Thunderbird but I cannot figure out how to set up Thunderbird to access my MS Hotmail accounts. Thunderbird Help is no help at all – it doesn’t even address this issue.



    1. Shouldn’t I be able to do this through the Thunderbird New Account setup without installing additional software?



    2. What should I enter in the Thunderbird New Account setup screens for IMAP, POP, SMTP, and so on?

  • cosmoquark Sep 22, 2008

    I have not installed any desktop search beyond the regular search feature which came with Windows and have made no change to that in the two years since I bought this computer. When I perform Google searches, Google has in recent months been providing results from my hard drive in addition to the usual hits from the internet.



    Do you still suggest I try your solution?

  • catkimball Feb 26, 2009

    I have the same problem with Outlook Express. I have gone into regedit and zeroed out the counter compact file, but when it starts the rapid dinging sound, the counter goes up with the dings. I zeroed out and 5 minutes later the dinging starting and the counter when up to 620 immediately. Does anyone know how to stop this? It is really annoying!

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Unchecking oe in indexing seems to have removed the
continous dinging thanks

Posted on Apr 20, 2009

Have you installed any Desktop Search? 

Apparently, if its set to index OE, it invisibly opens and closes OE 
every few minutes in order to the index the OE message store. After 100 
open/closes OE will start prompting you about compacting.

pls try this

go to Control Panel, and click on INDEXING OPTIONS. If Outlook Express 
is checked for all users at ur  Windows XP workstation .

 MODIFY and clear the check boxes.

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  • Install FreePOPs and make sure it is running.
  • Select Tools | Account Settings... from the menu in Mozilla Thunderbird.
  • Click Add Account....
  • Make sure Email account is selected.
  • Click Continue.
  • Enter your name under Your Name:.
  • Type your Windows Live Hotmail address under Email Address:.
  • Click Continue.
  • Make sure POP is selected under Select the type of incoming server you are using..
  • Enter "localhost" (not including the quotation marks) under Incoming Server:.
  • Decide whether you want your Windows Live Hotmail account to use a separate Inbox, Drafts and other folders or appear under Local Folders.
  • Click Continue.
  • Enter your complete Windows Live Hotmail address under Incoming User Name:.
  • Click Continue.
  • Now click Done.
  • Go to the Server Settings category of the account named after your Windows Live Hotmail address.
  • Enter "2000" (not including the quotation marks) under Port:.
  • If Mozilla Thunderbird has not selected your default outgoing mail server for the Windows Live Hotmail account, or if you want to change it:
    • Go to the root of the Windows Live Hotmail account.
    • Select the desired account under Outgoing Server (SMTP):.
    • To add a new outgoing mail server — you cannot send mail through FreePOPs, but you could use another free email account's, say Gmail's or AIM Mail's — go to the Outgoing Server (SMTP) category and click Add....
  • Click OK.
By changing the user name, you can download mail from any Windows Live Hotmail folder (not just the Inbox).

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