The free email client application, Outlook Express, comes pre-installed in the Windows XP operating system. It is closely associated with Microsoft’s default web browser Internet Explorer.
It seems that many users are not really aware that Outlook Express is different from Microsoft Outlook. Although both applications are developed by Microsoft, Outlook Express is a free email client application while MS Outlook is a paid service that comes bundled with the MS Office pack. Microsoft has replaced Outlook Express in recent Windows OS versions with Windows Live Mail and Windows Mail respectively.
If you were still around with an older Windows OS, you would need to use Outlook Express for the sending and receiving emails. If your Outlook Express became corrupted or is not working as it used to be, you will need to install Outlook Express once again to fix the problem. Go through the following steps to see how to re-install Outlook Express in your computer.
- Turn on your PC and navigate to the Start
- Select the Run option from the resulting menu.
- Enter regedit in the Run command dialogue box and hit the Enter button on your keyboard. This will open Windows Registry Editor window on your computer.
- Locate the folder labeled HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and click to expand it.
- Move on to the subfolder labeled Microsoft, followed by Active Setup.
- Next, open the folder labeled Installed Components.
- In the installed components folder, locate and click 44BBA840-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C You will find another folder in it.
- Right-click on the folder and enter DWORD under Modify Data Type.
- Enter IsInstalled under the field titled value name.
- Change the value to ‘0,’ and close the Windows Registry Editor
Reboot your computer now to let the changes take effect. Once your computer restarts, your Outlook Express application will be reinstalled as well like a fresh copy. You can then start afresh by configuring your email account(s) in it.
You have seen how to repair or install Outlook Express in your computer. Latest reports indicate that Outlook Express is used by thousands of users even today. As long as Windows XP continues to exist, so will Outlook Express for sure. So, for any further help on using the application, visit any some Outlook Express forums online.