Outlook Express won't work

By Rhinoceros
Apr 22, 2006
  1. I have Windows XP. I recently downloaded several updates, that the system told me were needed. I am not sure what they all were. After restarting the computer, I saw that it had loaded Outlook 2003 email system. I had been using Outlook Express. I was able to make OE the default system again. And I can receive emails on OE. But I cannot open them, cannot open (create) a new mail message, and cannot send messages. When I try to open an email, I first get a message saying that OE may need to be reloaded. I then get an error message saying it cannot open the email.
    I prefer to use OE, rather than the cluttered Outlook.
    Any suggestions on how to get OE to work again?

  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    "What it ended up being was a problem with one of Microsoft's security patches that I
    downloaded and installed. After a lot of struggling yesterday and visits to
    Microsoft's website (which I find very user unfriendly) I got to thinking about it
    this morning and figured I'd try removing the last bunch I put in and
    "viola", my Outlook Express works like a charm as it did before.

    The culprit was security patch KB911567 that caused a problem here.From - HERE
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