Outlook Express inbox takes long time to open

  porridge 21:36 07 Oct 2007

Can anyone tell me why it takes so long for the inbox to open even though it only has an average of thirty messages in it. I believe that copies of all messages are held somewhere for a while but where exactly I do not know. Would it speed things up if these were removed. If so, where do I find them and how do I delete them.

Grateful for any help. I am on XP home.

Thank you,


  skidzy 21:46 07 Oct 2007

Firstly try a OE repair click here

Backup your messages click here

if the mail is not important and can be cleaned up and deleted,your quickest method is to re-register OE


Click Start, and then click Run.


In the Open box, type regsvr32 urlmon.dll, and then click OK.


Repeat step 1 for each of the following commands:
regsvr32 mshtml.dll
regsvr32 shdocvw.dll
regsvr32 browseui.dll
regsvr32 msjava.dll

  porridge 13:58 08 Oct 2007


Thank you for your advice. I must confess I do not relish trying to follow it as I am a digibet and would probably muck things up.

Thank you anyway,


  DieSse 16:53 08 Oct 2007

Even with only 30 messages, If one of them has a very large attachment, OE can get very slow to load.

If you go into Tools - Options - Maintenance and click the "Clean-up Now" button.

This won't delete any messages, but will compact the Inbox (and other folders) database and remove traces of all previously deleted messages.

  porridge 09:07 09 Oct 2007


Thank ytou for your information. Quite a few of the inbox mails have large attachments, so I now know why it seems to take quite a while for the inbox to open up.

Gratefully yours,


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