How to Repair or Reinstall Outlook Express 6 in Windows XP

By Jason Jensen

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Outlook Express comes pre-installed on Windows XP. The necessary files needed to install Outlook Express are stored within the Windows XP installation CD that came with your computer. If you insert the Windows XP installation CD into your computer to try to repair or reinstall Outlook Express, your computer will prompt you to repair or reinstall the entire Windows operating system, which presents a problem when you need to fix only Outlook Express. Instead, there is a way to tell Windows to reinstall only the files for Outlook Express when you insert your XP installation disc.

Step 1

Click on the "Start" menu, then click "Run."

Step 2

Type in the command "%systemroot%\inf" (without quotes) and press "Enter."

Step 3

Click "OK." The "INF" folder will open. Locate the file called "MSOE50.inf." Right-click on the file and select "Install." Insert your Windows XP installation CD when you are asked to. Windows will automatically reinstall the files to repair Outlook Express 6.