I don't have Outlook Exprees on my PC and have never used it.
For the last two days I have been getting a message " To free up disk space, Outlook Express can compact messages "
It doesn't matter which of the options I choose ie either ok or cancel it just keeps repeating every few seconds and I can't get it turned off.
My PC is running windows XP Prof SP3 - I have had the same spec for the last 4 years and this is the first time this has happened.
when I did a search on PC for files with name "Outlook Express " or the words " Outlook Express " I got three items all in c:\documents\settings\users\identities\ followed by a series of letters and text and then\Microsoft
Can anyone help this is very frustrating and seems like a virus
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to disable this. The best you can do is delay the messages, or avoid them altogether. I have listed both methods below, and would suggest number 1 over number 2:
Method #1 - In Outlook Express, click on Tools>>Options>>Maintenance. Click on the Cleanup Now button, and then Compact. Doing this regularly will keep you from getting the messages.
Method #2 -
* Open the registry (click on Start, Run, type Regedit and click Enter). * Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USERIdentitiesyour identitySoftwareMicrosoftOutlook Express.0. * Look for the registry value titled Compact Check Count. This typically has a value of between 1 and 5, which means Outlook Express will check every 1 to 5 times to see whether you need to compact. Double click on the item, and set the number to 1000, so you will only see the message every 1000 times you open Outlook Express.
not sure if you can set no. to infinite, say 999999 so technically you would never see the message...
tried the registry change yesterday and the number was set at 32. I have never found or used Outlook on this PC so I don't know where that came from but I shall do as you suggest ie set a very high number and see what happens. If that doesn't work not sure what I will do as I can't try method 1 as I can't trace outlook on the PC
Am a bit of a novice but as lots of other people seem to have had the same problem why can't Microsoft give guidance on this
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