In what folder does outlook express 6 store mail on windows XP? I don't need to migrate or export, I just need to know the folder (or registry) location where the mail is stored by default.

%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\<GUID>\Microsoft\Outlook Express\*.dbx
  • @Yuri: Here's another. – grawity Jan 4 '11 at 22:01
  • It's not for me, I don't use outlook express, I just finished doing a hard drive swap for someone else, so copy pasting the folder was a must, this + registry + address book and everything works. :D – Timo Huovinen Jan 4 '11 at 23:55

Open Outlook, go to Tools> Options> Maintenance Tab >Store Folder button, highlight and copy the path, then open a run command and paste it in there, hit OK.

If OE will not open browse there manually using Windows Explorer

C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Identities\\Microsoft\Outlook Express\

The string of numbers and letters folder will be a unique identifier for Each Identity in OE if they set up more than one Identity there will be more than one of these guid folders, one for each Identity.

  • what if I can't open outlook for it's crashy reasons? – Timo Huovinen Jan 6 '11 at 11:09
  • Check my edit above. – Moab Jan 6 '11 at 15:15
  • but if the whole user profile thing crashed in the end not even internet explorer will work... – PatrickT Jan 8 '16 at 8:19

It is probably in an OE6 or OES folder. This folder could be located in a directory similar to the way they have it setup in Windows 7 which is: C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OES or OE6\

-Hope this helps!

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