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The password for an email account was recently changed, and now when I startup thunderbird it gives me an error for that account. However, I can't go into the Tools->Accounts to try and change the password because it's eating up 50% (1 CPU core) CPU and the hard drive light is on pretty steadily. I've tried starting it up in safe-mode, no good. This is on Windows Vista BTW.

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Which version of Thinderbird? Did you mean Windows Safe Mode or Thunderbird's own Safe Mode? – iglvzx Jun 7 '12 at 6:06
Thunderbird 12, and it was Thunderbird's safe mode. – Drizzt321 Jun 7 '12 at 6:13
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I tried removing the .msf files as per, and then it worked. Still took a while with lots of CPU and Disk access, but it wasn't frozen. And it eventually finished off and it's all working now.

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