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How to open DBX files in XP?

Postby Lorraine » Tue 09 Dec, 2003 11:05 pm

A friend bought a new PC.
Had a C and D drive on the old PC.
Thought son had transferred her emails from the C drive onto the New PC.
He didn't.
She completely deleted Windows 98SE from old machine and installed Windows XP.
She found her emails, I don't know where, they are DBX files, recognizes them as her emails, is unable to open them.
When she used Windows 98SE, she also used Outlook Express 6.0
Now with Windows XP she thinks she is just using Outlook. The Window that pops up is beige. I haven't seen it, so I really don't know anything else about this.
Anyone know how to open them?
TIA
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Postby Alice » Wed 10 Dec, 2003 8:51 pm

I know in Outlook Express 5, you can use File- Import- Messages- "Microsoft Outlook Express 5"- then select "Import mail from OE5 store directory", then click the Browse button and select the folder containing the .dbx files. Should be something similar in Outlook/Outlook6
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Postby Lorraine » Wed 10 Dec, 2003 9:03 pm

I looked on my PC but I don't have a so called Store Directory, however I do have a directory.
The Wizard came up and there is even Netscape in there.
Anyway, do you think that after this operation this will allow her to open the .dbx files?
Thanks Alice
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Postby Alice » Wed 10 Dec, 2003 9:45 pm

The "store directory" is not the name of any existing folder. It just means whatever folder contains the saved .dbx files (where they are 'stored').

After the import, the .dbx files will turn into e-mails (inside the Inbox, Sent Items, etc, ) and can be read from there, inside Outlook Express.

The .dbx files themselves can be opened within Wordpad or Word to get an idea of what they contain.
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Postby Mandrake » Thu 11 Dec, 2003 8:51 am

DBX : Microsoft's Visual FoxPro Table file, DataBeam image
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Postby Alice » Thu 11 Dec, 2003 1:34 pm

Good idea to suggest a viewer program to open those dbx files. I did a groups.google search on "dbx file viewer" and came up with more information:
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From: Steve Cochran (scochran@oehelp.com)
Subject: Re: Message viewing issues...
Newsgroups: microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6_outlookexpress
Date: 2003-11-13 03:54:09

(snip)
If you do lose your messages, you can try using my DBXtract program to
attempt to recover the lost messages. Note that dbx files are hidden in
Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
http://www.oehelp.com/DBXtract/

If you have upgraded your version of IE and OE or your OS version, and all your messages are lost, then see this article (note that the technique in
the article does not only apply to the issue addressed in the article
title):

OLEXP: Mail Folders, Address Book, and E-mail Messages Are Missing After You Upgrade to Microsoft Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.as ... -us;313055

If File | Import | Messages does not work, ignore the error message, which is erroneous in itself, and try one of the following techniques to get your messages back:
aa. Right click on each dbx file or a selection of them and go to
Properties and clear the read only attribute of the files. Then try File | Import | Messages again.
bb. Import the dbx files individually. See the last paragraph on this page
for how to do that:
http://www.oehelp.com/backup.aspx
cc. As a last resort use DBXtract
http://www.oehelp.com/DBXtract/

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From: Frank Saunders, MS-MVP (franksaunders@mvps.org)
Subject: Re: Archiving DBX files on a CD
Newsgroups: microsoft.public.windows.inetexplorer.ie6.outlookexpress.wishlist
Date: 2003-06-06 02:38:43 PST

"mitan" <pascal@NOSPAMmitan.ca> wrote in message
news:zuGDa.875$c42.5022@wagner.videotron.net
> After searching a lot, here is a free software that can be used as a
> stand alone viewer (instead of OE) on a CD (or anywhere) to extract
> and read messages from DBX files:
> http://perso.club-internet.fr/macallan/

There's no Readme file with it.
What can it do that DBXtract doesn't do?
DBXtract (free): http://www.oehelp.com/DBXtract/

It looks from the link you gave like all it does is extract the messages.

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Postby Lorraine » Thu 11 Dec, 2003 10:33 pm

Thanks everyone, seems to be a lot of info in all those Urls and I forwarded them all to my friend.
I will let you know how they make out with it.
Thanks again, quite interesting too
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