Saving Picture from Outlook Express

  williamj 10:12 29 Aug 2010

When I try to save a picture received on Outlook Express and Right Click for 'Save Picture As.. I get The system cannot find the file specified.
Help gives the file as C:\WINDOWS\system32\mshtml.hlp
Any thoughts on how the file could have been lost as I was previously able to transfer photos previously.
I have tried System restore to no avail.

  Dipso 21:48 30 Aug 2010

How long ago was the email received?

  Sea Urchin 22:19 30 Aug 2010

Is this a picture in the body of the email or an attachment?

  lotvic 23:15 30 Aug 2010

If the picture is in the body of the email and not an attachment and not an inserted picture, you have received an embedded picture so you will have to extract it before you can save it.

Highlight the email (you don't have to open it) and then rightclick > properties > Details tab > click on Message Source button
In the new box that opens rightclick > select all > copy
Open Notepad and paste it all in
In Notepad:
Scroll down until you get to a bit that says something similar to:
Content-Type: image/jpeg;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-ID: <[email protected]>

It's the solid block of letters and numbers that you want all the way down to the last =

Copy that block and go to this website click here
Now paste the block into the box to decode it

you will get a file to download - DecodedBase64.bin
save this .bin file to your Desktop (so it's easy to find, you can move it afterwards)
Now go to the file and rightclick and change the .bin to .jpg
You will receive popup warning about changing the file ext - click ok
Now open the DecodedBase64.jpg to see your newly saved picture

That's it (and you can change it's name from DecodedBase64 to a more suitable name)

@ Sea Urchin, Remember that Cipher Puzzle? :)

  williamj 10:38 31 Aug 2010

Thanks guys for the help, especially lotvic for the details given.
The info regarding the picture being either in the body of the email or an attachment is the solution.
I was able to copy the photo and paste it into Notebook, and save the picture successfuly.

  lotvic 10:47 31 Aug 2010

Glad it's sorted :)

Please can you green tick and click on Resolved :)

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