Solved Changing account in oulook express-

August 22, 2011 at 07:01:16
Specs: Windows XP, 2.8 gig/1gb ram
Ok-email address got harvested and is being used for spam. No problem. I'll change my account. I use outlook express 6 on my home computer to harvest the emails off of the server. It then saves them in my outlook express folder in .dbx(I think) format. My question- if I change the email account to the NEW address, when save that info, will it change the individual string where it saved my old messages and keep me from seeing them when I open the new account? Or will I have to write down the folder and go back and find them? Or(and I've already done this) go to the folder now and make a copy of all the files and import them into the NEW outlook express folder to be able to look at them. Don't want to loose 4 years of emails. Mike.

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August 27, 2011 at 18:47:11
Thanks for the update.

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#1
August 22, 2011 at 07:35:05
I don't use Outlook Express, but there's lots of info available about Outlook Express.

Simply search on the web.

E.g.

Support for Outlook Express
http://support.microsoft.com/gp/out...

You can set it up to have more than one email account.

Adding new email accopunts in Outlook Express
http://www.helpwithpcs.com/tipsandt...

How to Configure Outlook Express for Multiple E-mail Accounts
http://www.ehow.com/how_11791_confi...

You can back up your existing Outlook Express data. You should be doing that in any case if you don't want to lose your previous email .
Of course, you should have a copy of that elsewhere in case the hard drive fails.

You could make another account, back up the data of the original one,then delete the original account, and then access the saved data.

How to back up and to restore Outlook Express data
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270670

You can probably set up a spam filter for your incoming email., either by using what's built into Outlook Express, or by accessing the optional web mail program's settings of the email account provider.
E.g. my email account is provided by my telephone company ISP and I've had their web mail program set to not show me and auto delete email already flagged as spam for years, and I get very little of it that gets through that filter.
Until recently I used an old version of Eudora to download the email onto my computer - because of the optional web mail application for the same email account having the spam filter enabled, very liitle spam was there for it to download.

I have in / out email that was saved in Eudora going back to 1997. I have several copies of the mailbox files and other important related files for it.


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#2
August 22, 2011 at 08:19:45
I've read all that and it answers a little but my real questions goes back to---If I change the ACCOUNT NAME and PASSWORD on the email accoun, does it CHANGE the folder location? The account "save" folder has an idividual string in the middle that MIGHT change if I change the account to store it separately from the previous mail. OR, could I copy the original "save in" folder and then paste it into the account to save it in the original location. I don't need to export or import anything, just make the sure the ORIGINAL account stays in the same place. Does that make sense?

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#3
August 22, 2011 at 11:02:39
Changing the account name and password won't stop the spam if the user email address for the account is the same.

Regarding .....
"If I change the ACCOUNT NAME and PASSWORD on the email accoun, does it CHANGE the folder location?"
Etc. etc.

......I don't know, I don't use Outlook Express, never have, but the answers to your questions are probably out there on the web if you search for them. There's probably more info available about Outlook Express than any other email program.
You're more likely to find relevant info if you search for one thing at a time -
e.g.
- change account name outlook express
- change password outlook express

- you could try using quote characters around some words, but it's not a good idea to search using quotes around a longer string of words, and you often get more "hits" when you don't use quotes.

In any case, you could do as I suggested
- use a spam filter - if that's effective you won't need to do anything else.

-- back up your present account's data so that you can't lose it, and place a second copy of that some place other than the same physical hard drive

- make an additional account, that uses a different user email address


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#4
August 23, 2011 at 02:00:40
jbltwin1, amen to what's already been suggested, especially to put a copy somewhere else beside the same HD They DO crash from time to time (painful personal experience here. Believe me IT SUX). You can find more OE info than you ever wanted to know @:
http://insideoe.tomsterdam.com/
HTH
Ed in Texas

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#5
August 23, 2011 at 05:52:54
I guess I didn't make myself clear enough. I HAVE backed it it. It's safe ON ANOTHER HD. And I'm not GETTING spam. I HAVE a spam filter in place. THe spam that is being generated is outside my computer AND not being generated by the ISP email server. It's appparently being generated elsewhere. It's NOT coming from me. I found out when RETURNED emails were showing up as being undeliverable bcause the email address was closed. My ADDRESS has been harvested. These didn't come from ME. Anyway, like I said I HAVE backed it up. I'm trying to find out about the individual file string that is in the file location. When you download your email in outlook express, it saves to a file with an apparent random string in the middle of the location. If I change accounts, does the string change so that the new account is in a different file or can I copy the original FULL location and tell outlook express to save the NEW mail in the ORIGINAL location, thereby keeping them together? I have been reading the multitudes of info on outlook express for DAYS and can't find the answer. I HAVE googled outlook express in MANY ways and forms and still not gotten a clear answer. Mike

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#6
August 23, 2011 at 09:36:39
Thanks for providing more info.

"I HAVE backed it it. It's safe ON ANOTHER HD"

In that case, you have nothing to lose. You can try whatever you wanted to try, or try our suggestions, and you will still have your saved email.

"And I'm not GETTING spam. I HAVE a spam filter in place. THe spam that is being generated is outside my computer AND not being generated by the ISP email server. It's appparently being generated elsewhere. It's NOT coming from me."

"I HAVE a spam filter in place. "

Good.

It's rarely if ever being generated by the ISP email server.

Whatever is using your email address to send spam will probably be stopped from sending it eventually, but in the meantime your email address is likely to be flagged as a source of spam - that eventually expires - you probably don't want to wait for those things to happen - you need to set up an email account with a different user email address.

Whatever is using your email address for sending spam may have gotten it from someone else's computer that had your email address - there's nothing you can do about that - but it's NOT a good idea for yourself to type your email address. or provide a link to your email address, in any post anywhere on the web, since there are malicious people and programs constanly looking for email addresses to abuse.

I've only done that once - when I search using my email address there is only one web site that has a "hit" .

"When you download your email in outlook express, it saves to a file with an apparent random string in the middle of the location. If I change accounts, does the string change so that the new account is in a different file or can I copy the original FULL location and tell outlook express to save the NEW mail in the ORIGINAL location, thereby keeping them together?"

Since I don't use Outlook Express I can't help you regarding that, but someone who does use it and is very familar with how it works might be able to.

For all email programs that I know of, the individual mailbox files - for IN, OUT, Trash, etc.- are database files. All the individual emails are stored in one long string of data so that the mailbox file takes up the least possible amount of drive space. When you delete an email from within that data string, the data for that email is deleted from the string, the string of data becomes shorter, and the string of data as a whole still works fine.
(System Restore uses the same method, but you can't do that with individual System Restore restore points within a string of restore points. )

"I have been reading the multitudes of info on outlook express for DAYS and can't find the answer. I HAVE googled outlook express in MANY ways and forms and still not gotten a clear answer."

Very good !.
We get a lot of people who start a Topic here you have not put any significant effort into searching.
....

The only experiences I have had that may have some thing in common with Outlook Express is when I re-loaded Windows for somone else and she wanted her previous Outlook email and personal settings available. The previous data I saved and then placed on the new Windows installation was available to her in Outlook, but it was no longer in the default (primary) account - the older email (mailbox folders) were listed separately .


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August 24, 2011 at 07:51:36
Anybody have any ideas?

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#8
August 24, 2011 at 20:26:15
".....you have nothing to lose. You can try whatever you wanted to try, or try our suggestions, and you will still have your saved email."

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#9
August 27, 2011 at 13:11:08
Just wanted to update, in case anybody else has the same question. When you change accounts in Outlook Express, the file location STAYS THE SAME. The old messages are in the same folder and your new ones go on top. Just wanted to let you know. I hate it when people don't come back and either report what THEY did of if somebody's answer helped them I just had to blunder in and try it, as nobody knew for sure. Thank's guys anyway.

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August 27, 2011 at 18:47:11
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Thanks for the update.

"I hate it when people don't come back and either report what THEY did of if somebody's answer helped them"

So do we who answer regularly.


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