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Outlook Express shouldn't disappear from your system, and might not have. We'll examine places to look, and steps to take if it's gone.
Since I installed IE7 I have completely lost Outlook Express. I have tried deleting and then reinstalling it using the add/remove system without success. I have also tried to revert back to IE6 hoping that would help. Could not revert back. Now using Thunderbird but I still would like to have OE.
Thunderbird remains my choice over Outlook Express. In fact it's what I use every day now. But I can certainly understand wanting to have Outlook Express around, perhaps for old email or to answer questions about it like I do.
I believe Outlook Express's days to be numbered. But that might not be as bad as you think.
First, under Windows XP, installing Internet Explorer 7 should not have caused Outlook Express to disappear. The Mail menu item in Internet Explorer might disappear but Outlook Express should still be around.
Since so many people have gotten used to using that Mail menu item in Internet Explorer, most don't realize that Outlook Express is also on your Start Menu. Look for Outlook Express, probably in the Programs or All Programs sub menu. Here's an example from one of my machines where Outlook Express is right there at the top of the Start menu, as well as in All Programs:
Now, if it really is gone from all these places, then the only way I know of to truly reinstall is to download and reinstall Internet Explorer. Unfortunately because Microsoft appears to be decoupling Outlook Express from Internet Explorer 7, it's unclear if downloading and reinstalling IE7 will help. If you can't revert to IE6, that puts you between a rock and a hard place.
One thing I would try is to run the System File Checker. Since Internet Explorer is so closely integrated with the operating system, the System File Checker includes IE,and presumably OE in its checks.
As I said I believe Outlook Express's days to be numbered. As we've seen it's already been decoupled from Internet Explorer.
But in Vista you won't find Outlook Express at all!
Not unless you look closely that is.
In Windows Vista you'll find something called Windows Mail. Fire that up, and you'll see something that looks strikingly familiar. I fired it up, electing not to set up any accounts just yet, and in the welcome screen saw this:
Windows Mail is the successor to Outlook Express
Windows Mail builds on the foundation of Outlook Express, adding a variety of new features designed to make your e-mail experience more productive and fun, while helping to reduce risks and annoyances such as phishing and junk e-mail.
So if you're running Vista, one reason you might not find Outlook Express is that it's now (finally) going by a different name.
Though no one has said so, it's my hope that Windows Mail might someday be made available as a download for Windows XP. At this point it's just a hope.
Until then, my recommendation for dealing with most Outlook Express issues remains: switch to Thunderbird.
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