I have spoken with you before. Probably on this topic.
I have procrastinated on upgrading this IE6/OE6 combination for far
I need a second opinion on the following:
. It looks like Live Mail(WLM) is my best choice for email
replacement. IE6 is
really not an issue, and will be corrected separately.
. My basic email requirements are pretty simple:
. Obviously, client based.
. I need the ability to easily migrate OE's parts(*.wab, *.dbx,
. I need multiple identities.
. I need a text mode email configuration option.
. I need to know if a new address book will be compatible with XP's
fax. IOW, the internal fax will fetch the fax number from the
AB. Will the
AB still retain this compatibility.
. Can WLM be installed/configured concurrently to OE's presence?
. And, an easy path toward a later W7 migration.
With the exception of the AB/fax issue, these requirements seem pretty
to me. Do you think I am on the right track?
Thanks, for your help.
If you are planning on keepin XP, I would keep OE. I have an XP machine
still running OE and a Win7 machine. On the Win7, I had WLMail and it was
barely tollerable. When they made the change to WLMail 2011, (which you
will not get in XP), I had enough and switched to Thunderbird. But again, no
reason to abandon OE. No other e-mail client I know of allows swicching
identities. You can have more than one with separate Inboxes, Sent Items
etc., but they will be in the same instance of the e-mail client.
If you want to try WLMail or Thunderbird, you can test them out right
along side of OE.
You can run WLMail and OE at the same time and download incoming mail to
both if you want to give it a try. Sent messages will be only in the Sent
Items folder for the e-mail client used to send.
You can download it here if you wish.
Windows Live Mail (Overview & Features):
I would suggest you subscribe to the WLMail newsgroup and read some of the
posts & replies. That will give you a better idea of what it is like.
Windows Live Mail [Desktop] Newsgroup.
In your newsreader:
On the Web:
If you want to run OE and WLMail at the same time:
In OE and WLMail:
Tools | Accounts | Mail | Properties | Advanced - Check: Leave a copy of
messages on the server.
In OE or WLMail, (not both), check to Delete messages after X days to
satisfy your allotted space you get from your server.
Note that when you install WLMail, it will become the default e-mail
client. If you want to reclaim OE as default, see this.
Control Panel | Add/Remove Programs | Set Program Access and Defaults |
Custom + Down Arrow | Select the radio button for Outlook Express.
Make OE the default e-mail client:
I do not use a fax with my PC, so I cannot answer that part of your
As far as IE goes, I would give IE8 a try. It is a much more secure
program than IE6. it is a little different, but I got used to it quickely.
You can always remove it.
Download IE8 to your Desktop. Do not use Windows or Microsoft Updates.
Internet Explorer 8 download:
Restart your computer. With no other programs running, disable your
anti-virus program and any spyware or spam programs you may have. If you
are running a third party firewall, disable it and enable the Windows
Now install IE8 from the Desktop. When you are done, restart your computer
twice and then make sure your disabled programs are running again.
Also see: How to solve Internet Explorer 8 installation problems
MS-MVP Oct. 1, 2004 ~ Sept. 30, 2010
Imperial Beach, CA