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Remove Outlook Express??...

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I've decided to use Thunderbird for my mail client in Windows 98SE, and would like to dump OE...Found that you can't simply do this using the Control Panel Add/Remove applet...Is there a safe and effective way to get rid of OE any other way??...Maybe a free tool or program? (Like IEradicator for IE)??...I'll use RegSeeker to clean up any remnants , if I can get rid of OE...

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Go to control panel/remove programs and look over at the left side. Click on "remove windows components" and UNCHECK the one where it's checked for OE... Hit okay and it should remove it.

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I'm not sure what you mean...Go into Add/Remove programs?...Or just highlight it?...Thre's no pane to the left of the list in control panel, because Firefox does not allow you to view folders as web pages...Is that where you mean to look?..

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Old 03-05-05, 12:19 PM
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Sorry... I thought you were talking about XP... I didn't read your post carefully to see you said 98.. Though it should be similar. There is a spot in there somewhere to remove MS adds. You should be able to uncheck a box listing what MS installs and it will remove it.
 
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Originally Posted by Rick Kirby
Sorry... I thought you were talking about XP... I didn't read your post carefully to see you said 98.. Though it should be similar. There is a spot in there somewhere to remove MS adds. You should be able to uncheck a box listing what MS installs and it will remove it.

Does anyone know where the "spot in there somewhere" is?

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Found the following in a Google search...Does this sound correct??...Don't want to mess with the registry unless all of the following is safe to do..

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Uninstall Outlook Express



To manually remove Outlook Express 5.x or 6.0, you must rename several files. To help in this process, all system files and file extensions must be visible:

Double-click the My Computer icon.
On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
In the Hide Files and Folders section, click Show hidden files and folders, and then click to clear the Hide file extensions for known file types check box.
Click to clear the Hide Protected Operating System Files (Recommended) check box, and then click Yes in the warning message dialog box.
Click OK to close the Folder Options dialog box.
How to Remove Outlook Express
Before you remove Outlook Express, it is important to familiarize yourself with the back up and restore procedures for Outlook data. Microsoft recommends that you back up your e-mail, address book, and other data. For detailed instructions and backup procedures, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:



181084 How to Back Up Your Inbox Assistant Rules in Outlook Express

188093 How to Back Up the Account List in Outlook Express

230208 How to Back Up E-mail Messages in Outlook Express 5

270670 OLEXP: How to Back Up and Recover Outlook Express Data

230076 OL2000: Why Outlook 2000 Requires Outlook Express

To remove Outlook Express, you must rename several folders.

NOTE: Before you remove Outlook Express, make sure you are logged on to the computer with Administrative rights.

Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.
Locate and rename the following folders:
The Stationery folder:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery

The Identities folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Identities

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C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities

The Address Book folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book

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C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Address Book

After you locate these folders, click them one at a time, and then press F2. Rename them to old_stationery, old_identities, and old_address respectively, and then press ENTER.
You must now delete the registry key for Outlook Express:

WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.


Click Start, and then click Run, and then type regedit in the Open box.
Locate the following registry keys, right-click the registry key, and then click Delete:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WAB
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WAB
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{44BBA840-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \Software\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{7790769C-0471-11D2-AF11-00C04FA35D02}

Quit Registry Editor.
To complete the removal procedure, rename several Outlook Express files:

Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files and Folders.
Find and rename the following files (these files are the same in Outlook Express 6.0):



Inetcomm.dll
Msoeacct.dll
Msoert2.dll
Msoe.dll
Msoeres.dll
Msimn.exe
Oeimport.dll
Oemiglib.dll
Oemig50.exe
Setup50.exe
Wab.exe
Wabfind.dll
Wabimp.dll
Wabmig.exe
Csapi3t1.dll
Directdb.dll
Wab32.dll
Wab32res.dll

Each of these files are located in two folders, the default file folder, and the C:\Winnt\System32\Dllcache folder. For example, the Inetcomm.dll file is located in the C:\Winnt\System32 folder, by default, and in the C:\Winnt\System32\Dllcache folder. You must rename the same file in both folders to successfully remove Outlook Express. To rename these files:

Remove any CD-ROMs that may be in your CD-ROM drive.
Click the Inetcomm.dll file in the Dllcache folder, press F2, rename the file to filename.old (for example, inetcomm.old), and then press ENTER.
Click the same file in the other folder, press F2, rename the file to filename.old, and then press ENTER.
When you receive the prompt about Windows file protection, do not insert the Windows 2000 CD-ROM. Instead, click Cancel.
At the prompt about keeping unrecognized file versions, click Yes.
Repeat this process with each file in the list.
How to Reinstall Outlook Express 5.x
Click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files and Folders.
In the Search for Files and Folders Named box, type msoe50.inf, and then click Search.

The default location for this file is in the C:\Winnt\Inf folder.
Right click the Msoe50.inf file, and then click Install.
Insert your Windows 2000 CD-ROM when prompted, locate the I386 folder on the CD-ROM, click Open, and then click OK.

The Outlook Express files are installed.
In the Search for Files and Folders Named box, type wab50.inf, and then click Search.

The default location for this file is in the C:\Winnt\Inf folder.
Right-click the Wab50.inf file, and then click Install.
Locate the I386 folder on your Windows 2000 CD-ROM, click Open, and then click OK.

This installs the Outlook Express address book.
Outlook Express is now reinstalled. Start Outlook Express to test its functionality. To restore your e-mail messages, address book, and other Outlook Express data, please refer to the backup articles that are listed earlier in this section.
 
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Old 03-05-05, 02:20 PM
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It looks right... Just make sure that you back up your registry... Your program should allow you to do that. Just remember... Anytime you mess with the registry that you can cause big problems...
 
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Hey, that's what "GoBack" is for.. ..I'll let you know what I find out ...

Thanks Rick,
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Sorry I couldn't be more help... It's been years since I've used Win 98... I just assume everyone is on XP now. It took me a long time to switch... I usually wait till they have all the bugs out.

Good luck with removing OE... Have a great weekend!

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I see no reason to go to the trouble of installing Outlook Express, unless you need the disk space, or you want to make sure that someone doesn't accidentally start it.
 
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Hi Racraft, thanks for the imput..

Just an FYI, I performed the above instructions I found on Google, and that did the trick...

Gained a little disk space (.17 Gb) in the process...

Talk to you guys later,
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Matt, I don;t use Outlook Express, and don't have it installed, so I can't figure this out for sure...

I am guessing that not all of that 170 Mbytes gained was from Outlook Express. It is possible that some of that was saved emails and contacts, etc.?
 
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Hey Racraft,
YES, it's probably because of all the saved e-mails (pics, etc.) that I seem to have gained that much disc space...THE WIFE had many things stored away, big files, pics, etc., that she seems to think are worth keeping (now, Thunderbird's taken on the bloat from OE)...

Maybe I'm mistaken in calculating my new free disk space...My C: drive read 9.55% Gb free disc space before the OE uninstall...It now shows 9.72% Gb free disc space...

Is that a difference of 170 Mb???...Educate me on this ...

Thanks for your time,
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You should NOT have GB and % in the same statement.

You can only compute the difference in size if you know the total size of the drive.

It sounds like your drive went from 9.55 percent free to 9.72 percent free. To determine how much space was freed you need to know the size of the drive.
 
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The drive (partitioned) size is 19.9 Gb...
 
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Understand that the math is not exact, but you saved .17 percent.

.0017 times 20 GBytes equals .034 GBytes, or roughly 34 MBytes. Not much of a savings.
 
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Thanks for your feedback and clarification...But, one could consider "savings" in more ways than one....maybe, as a sort of "release" from one of Microsoft's many tentacles...i.e., OE...

Thanks for your help,
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If you don't like MS you could simply move to Linux.. Linspire is very affordable and easy to use (for the most part).

Most of my clients will however go back to MS after less then 1 month...
 
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I don't detest Microsoft...I am just thankful there are alternatives out there that are just as good or better than MS...

I have used Thunderbird as my e-mail client long enough to know that it's what I prefer...As well as Firefox for my browser...

I keep IE on hand for updates and certain web pages, but that's all...

Don't want to turn this into a big debate, so I'll just say if you want to uninstall OE, follow the directions above from the Google search and it works just fine...Those directions, by the way, pertain to Windows 2000 but I worked through them in Win98SE and had success..

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