Outlook express Compact view

I have a lot of emails in Windows XP Outlook Express I want to keep it there.  How to stop this message about compacting my files?  I do not wish to do so and to stop the message.

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To free up disk space, Outlook Express can compact messages. This can take up to a few minutes.

Automatic compaction of Outlook Express files was introduced in Service Pack 2.

If you are using Windows XP, there is a registry value called:

Compact Check Count

It is located in the registry for a key that looks like this:

\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0 HKCU\Identities\ {51909A0B-63EE-4EB3-A9A2-7CFA23C1ADCF}

Whenever you leave OE (not when you open it), the value of the counter increases by an increment.  When the value of the counter gets to 101, the next time you close OE asked you to compress messages.

There are two things that will increase the value of the counter.

Exit from Outlook Express will increase the value of the counter.

If you have Windows Desktop Search installed, it will increase the counter every time it turns that is usually at each reboot.  If you use Outlook Express, and Windows Desktop Search, the counter will be increased more frequently — whenever you close Outlook Express and whenever Windows Desktop Search launches when you restart.

Even if you are not using Outlook Express and only using Windows Desktop Search, which will further increase the count, so when the counter gets to 100, Windows Desktop Search will prompt you to compress messages during the next reboot.  This is because Windows Desktop Search is configured by default to search for the Outlook Express database if you are using Outlook Express or not.

No matter how the counter is increased, if you use at least one of these two, eventually you will see this message appear sooner or later.  But you can stop it when you understand.

You can compress data when prompted (which resets the counter to 0).

You can change the registry and reset the counter to hand to buy some time until you see the message again.

If you do not use Outlook Express and only using Windows Desktop Search you can tell Windows Desktop Search to never watch the Outlook Express database (or uninstall the Windows Desktop Search if you do not use).

Following the best practices for using Outlook Express will prevent you from seeing the message in the first place.  If you see the message that you might want to reconsider how you use Outlook Express and the risks of data store corruption of occasional or misuse (risk behaviours).

Using Outlook Express or Windows Desktop Search at the same time most people are satisfied to just remove the indexing Option in Windows Desktop Search and keep the meter that is built into Outlook Express so that they will remind to compact the database from time to time.  If you had to sort of do not maintain your Outlook Express files, it would be risky for your messages.

To remove the Option of Windows Desktop Search index to the database of Outlook Express follow these steps:

Click Start, settings, Control Panel, Indexing Options, change, clear the box Outlook Express, OK, OK, to save the settings and reboot the system so that the changes will be effective.

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    Outlook Express Quick Backup (OEQB Freeware)
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    V-2011/2012: Menu button. Import Messages. Microsoft Outlook Express 6, and the point where it was saved.
     

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    Note: If any DBX file is over 300 MB, return to OE and move some messages from the folder related to a new user created folder and compact down the size of the file.
     

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    Open the address book in OE and file | Export | Address book (wab) and save it to the desktop. Copy it to a flash drive. Place it on the desktop or another location on the computer using WLMail.
     

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    For the account settings:
     

    In OE: Tools | Accounts, select the account and export it to the desktop. This will be an .iaf file. Copy it to the new desktop computer.
     

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    For WLMail 2011: The Menu button. Options | E-mail accounts and import the settings from the location you saved the.
     

    Windows Live Mail help is in this forum

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