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    Wanted: Outlook Express replacement

    Hi,

    Does anyone know of a decent replacement for Outlook Express? It must work on Windows 7, that's why I need one. I've got a new comp and I want to transfer all my emails. The Windows Live Mail (so called) replacement sucks big time, it's just awful, and Thunderbird (recommended) isn't any better for what I want.

    What I need is just ONE inbox for multiple email accounts, not separate inboxes for each account, that's just not practical, so I'm open to suggestions. I would also NEED to import all my old emails from OE (*.dbx files) and it could do with being pop3 too. Oh, and it could also do with being free as well (so Outlook/Office 2010 is out).

    I know I don't want much, lol, and OE has it's faults but I'm used to it now after using it for 10/11 years and I can't find a suitable replacement, and I have looked. I'm having to use an old comp for email atm but it's a pain.

    Ideas?
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    I've used Thunderbird for years. There are a lot of good add-ons for Thunderbird and it is a lot more flexible than Ourlook.

    I don't know of any e-mail client that will consolidate all of your e-mails into one account. You may have to use e-mail forwarding to do that.
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    HOW TO USE OUTLOOK EXPRESS ON WINDOWS 7:

    In Windows 7, we can leverage the XP mode feature to run Outlook Express. Here are the detailed steps:

    1. Make sure your computer meets the requirements for both Windows 7 and Virtual PC 7.

    Your computer should be equipped with the minimum system requirements to run Windows 7 (at least a 1 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM) and should have Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and Hardware-assisted Virtualization turned on in the BIOS.

    2. Download and install Windows Virtual PC Beta and Windows XP Mode Beta from the following link:

    Download Windows XP Mode

    3. Start and log on Virtual Windows XP.

    4. In Windows XP Virtual PC, create a shortcut for Outlook Express and save it in the "%allusersprofile\Start Menu%" folder.

    5. Back to Windows 7, click Start -> All Programs -> Windows Virtual PC -> Virtual Windows XP Applications -> Outlook Express (Virtual Windows XP).

    How to use Outlook Express on Windows 7: - THE OFFICIAL BLOG OF THE SBS "DIVA"

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    I am using Thunderbird from very long. It's a good mail software, you can get good add ons also.

    You may try that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I've used Thunderbird for years. There are a lot of good add-ons for Thunderbird and it is a lot more flexible than Ourlook.

    I don't know of any e-mail client that will consolidate all of your e-mails into one account. You may have to use e-mail forwarding to do that.
    I already use forwarding for some emails but for some others I don't have that choice, pop3 is the only option. I'd like to view my old emails too, there's important info in them.

    Quote Originally Posted by GeeOne View Post
    I am using Thunderbird from very long. It's a good mail software, you can get good add ons also.

    You may try that.

    G!
    I already tried it and don't like it's multiple inboxes, I want just the one. It didn't transfer all the old emails from dbx files either (no import 'browse' option).

    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    HOW TO USE OUTLOOK EXPRESS ON WINDOWS 7:

    In Windows 7, we can leverage the XP mode feature to run Outlook Express. Here are the detailed steps:

    1. Make sure your computer meets the requirements for both Windows 7 and Virtual PC 7.

    Your computer should be equipped with the minimum system requirements to run Windows 7 (at least a 1 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM) and should have Data Execution Prevention (DEP) and Hardware-assisted Virtualization turned on in the BIOS.

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    This is by far the best idea yet and something I'll be looking into later today, cheers. The new comp should be compatable, it's an Acer Aspire 5742G laptop (specs). I don't know about the BIOS thing though and I couldn't download the VPC on this comp (it's using Win XP) so I'll try on the new one later. My old comp (nearly 5yrs) died just before Christmas, it caught a virus and the cure killed it (now unbootable) but I have got all the data from a backup so I can transfer all the important stuff (minus the infection) and I'm using my spare comp now, which is even older (6yrs - an iDeq 210v) but has all my emails on it now I've transfered them (uses OE). My misses has an even older laptop (7+ yrs) and that has emails on that need transfering too. Bloody computers

    While OE has it's faults and isn't perfect I'm used to it, so's my misses. I hate change and Micro$oft wants to force me into using it's new cr*p. I don't like Win 7 so far but I think I'm stuck with it for the new comp, I'd use XP if I could but it might not play new games then :sigh:

    Thanks for the suggestions so far though, and keep them coming if there's new ideas , I can't be the only one with half a dozen email addresses.
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