Outlook Express 6 Export MAPI error

By dexterdoo
Aug 4, 2004
  1. When I try to Export messages, I'm getting "an error occurred while initializing MAPI" ??? This happens with a "clean" install and with Outlook configured as POP, "not" MAPI ! Already checked MS Knowledge Base and it was of no help!
  2. Goalie

    Goalie TS Booster Posts: 613

    First of all.. MAPI is used typically for Exchange based features. It can be used for other features, particularly something like exporting to a PST file.

    Is this Outlook or Outlook Express? BIG difference. Just checking, I know you said OE...

    http://www.winbookcorp.com/_technote/WBTA05000872.htm is for OE 4.. I don't know if the same applies to 6. (Appears not to)


    Indicates for OE up to 5.5.. However, it may still work for 6. (Appears not to)

    See also

    This indicates that Export isn't what you want, but backup the data instead. Provides several good links.

    Edit: More info, spelling correction
  3. Goalie

    Goalie TS Booster Posts: 613

    To Clarify:

    Outlook Express 6's export function is meant only to export messages directly to Outlook 2000+ or Exchange.. To go to other programs, you should backup your data and then import from the backup.
  4. dexterdoo

    dexterdoo TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Thanks Goalie ! I've got a backup program that works fine, I just thought that something was wrong since the Import/Export wasn't working ..... :)
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