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15-12-2001, 04:36 PM
I can connect and receive mail but when I try to format new mail or reply to sender i get the following.

' the address book has failed to loaad outlook express is incorrectly configured please reinstall '

when I click ok I get

' there was an error opening this message an error has occurred '

I uninstalled outlook exprees and reinstalled but still get the same message so what do I do next ?

17-12-2001, 12:10 AM
Hi Graham, here is the solution to your problem straight from the horse's mouth, the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

RESOLUTION
WARNING : Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

For information about how to edit the registry, view the 'Changing Keys and Values' Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the 'Add and Delete Information in the Registry' and 'Edit Registry Data' Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it. If you are running Windows NT or Windows 2000, you should also update your Emergency Repair Disk (ERD).



Incorrect Registry Values
To resolve this behavior, uninstall Outlook Express, remove four keys from the registry, and then reinstall Outlook Express. To do so, use the following steps:
Uninstall Outlook Express. To do so, use the appropriate method for your computer:


Windows 95-Based Computer
Click Start , point to Settings , click Control Panel , and then double-click Add/Remove Programs .


Click Microsoft Outlook Express , click Add/Remove , and then click Yes .


Windows 98-Based Computer
Click Start , point to Settings , click Control Panel , and then double-click Add/Remove Programs .


Click the Windows Setup tab, click to clear the Microsoft Outlook Express check box, and then click OK .


Use Registry Editor to export (for backup purposes) and remove the following registry keys:


HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express
HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\WAB
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\WAB
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Active Setup\Installed Components\{7790769C-0471-11d2-AF11-00C04FA35D02} (default value is 'Address Book5')
Reinstall Outlook Express. To do so, use the appropriate method:


Windows 95
Click Start , point to Settings , click Control Panel , and then double-click Add/Remove Programs .


Click Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 , and then click Add/Remove .


In the Internet Explorer 4.0 Active Setup box, click Add a component to Internet Explorer , and then click OK . When you receive the prompt for Internet Explorer to check for components that are already installed, click Yes .


Click Outlook Express , and then click Next .


Click a download site, click Install Now , and then follow the instructions on the screen to finish the installation.


Windows 98
Click Start , point to Settings , click Control Panel , and then double-click Add/Remove Programs .


Click the Windows Setup tab, click to select the Microsoft Outlook Express check box, and then click OK .


Windows Address Book Is Sharing the Contacts Folder from a .pst File
If this is the cause, opening Outlook (IMO) 98, or 2000 on the same computer will cause an error with a message that states that the location, to which mail was being delivered, has changed. If you create a new .pst file, or locate the old .pst file so that Outlook 98 or 2000 is working properly, the Windows Address Book (WAB) link through MAPI to the Contacts folder is re-established, and the WAB will work in Outlook Express or in standalone mode again.
Create a New Windows Address Book (WAB) File
The WAB file may have become damaged or corrupted causing one or both of the above error messages. You will need to rename the existing .wab file and restart Outlook Express(OE). Once started, OE will create a new .WAB file. Microsoft does not recommend that you import the data from the old, damaged .wab file. If you do, you may import the damage into the new .wab file.
Click Start , point to Find ( Search on Windows 2000 or newer operating systems), and click For Files or Folders .


In Search for files or folders named , type. *.wab and click Search Now .


In the Search results window, Right-click the file(s) with an extension of '.wab' and then click Rename .


Rename the file extension (the three left-most characters in the name) to 'old' and press ENTER.