Solved thunderbird installation-does it replace outlook express now

May 28, 2013 at 00:16:36
Specs: Windows XP
is it safe to delete Outlook Express and continue to use Thunderbird without losing all I was used to with outlook?

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#1
May 28, 2013 at 01:13:34
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You can't delete Outlook Express, I have had up to 20 email clients installed at the same time, just a matter of choosing which one you want as default.

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#2
May 28, 2013 at 01:54:45
thanks- that's what a friend of mine has just said.. Most email still go to Outlook Express and I don't look there anymore- unless someone says "I've already replied to you" I do like Thunderbird though, now I have got used to it....I'll persevere...Thanks again...


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#3
May 28, 2013 at 07:35:54
If you do stick with TB, set it as default.

Open TB, Tools > Options.

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#4
May 28, 2013 at 12:14:50
They don't go to Outlook Express unless you either open it and have it set to Send/Receive automatically, or you do so yourself. You can also opt to set OE to leave emails at the server (in OE > Accounts) so that they still arrive in Thunderbird even if you have collected them in OE.

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#5
May 28, 2013 at 13:15:49
I'll try this but I am so green about these issues I'm not confident that I will be successful- but I will try- cos it is so frustrating when I am told that I have so many emails and then I look in TB and I may only have 2... How do they actually come through to TB then? Does one have to forward them from OE? I wish I had more know how and not have to call in PC fixers which cost me each time......
But I should stop trying to fix things myself in the 1st place... I'll let you know how I get on... Thanks for advice.....

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#6
May 28, 2013 at 13:47:00
I've never used Thunderbird but understand that it works along the same lines as Outlook Express (ie it is an offline email program, rather than webmail).

I've just wound up my old XP with Outlook Express on it. Here is the step by step on what you ought to do:

First, open OE and go to:
Tools > Options > General tab. Uncheck "Send and Receive messages at startup" if necessary. Apply/OK your way out.

Secondly, from OE go to Tools > Accounts . Single click your account entry and hit Properties button. Now go to Advanced tab and near the bottom, put a check mark in "Leave a copy of messages on server". If you have more than one email address showing, do the same to each one listed. Apply/OK your way out.

Just to be on the safe close OE, restart it and double check that your settings have stuck.

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#7
May 28, 2013 at 15:23:51
Or export your OE email account settings to a file (an .iaf file) just in case you want to revert to using OE someday, then delete that account from OE.

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#8
May 28, 2013 at 15:33:52
#7 sounds like a neat idea - you might prefer to use that instead of my #6. There can be many ways forward with computers.

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