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Tired of Outlook Express
what do you suggest?

 4:17 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

it's way to slow to start for me, even on a top notch PC (2 GB of ram). Tired of seeing the all white screen, sometimes I have to close it as a non-responding program. Maybe because I have so many emails archived. Either way, I would like to try something new. Any suggestions?



 4:22 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've been running Opera's M2 client for a little while in parallel with Outlook, and I'll have to say it's quite quick.


 4:51 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Get rid of those softwares ... get an account at GMAIL

- More than 2.5 Gb space
- Great Spam filter
- Conversation sorted
- Filters (yes, still basic)
- Contacts (yes, still basic)

You will see that it ease your mail experience
I tried all email solutions ... this is the best for me


 4:54 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

why not move to regular Outlook...

they handle the data differently, The "wait" you experience in express is not an issue with the real version...


 5:30 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

We are using Outlook over a hosted exchange server -- in conjunction with the search appliance X1 so we don't have to organize the emails in folders anymore (just quarterly: Q1-05, Q2-05 etc)


 5:55 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

To deal with the wait time, you need to organize your Inbox better. I have many different folders. I also have filters setup to move emails to different folders automatically. All the other emails that remain in the Inbox folder, I move into subfolders (archives) by year. Basically the less emails you have in the inbox, the faster it will load.

Another thing I notices is that OE issues with preview of the emails with huge attachments.


 6:02 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

How many pop accounts do you have? Just one?

I use Calypso, but it is not supported anymore. I have 20 pop accounts, and it works well, and is fast with great filters. Just a thought. I think you can still get it if you look out there.

Outlook express has some great features, and is hard to beat for the cost. I am a fan of Opera too, that may be a simple (and supported) way to go.



 6:57 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Update: That stupid McAffee "Spam Killer" slowed it that much. Deleted and seems very fast now. Will wait and see.



 7:01 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)



 9:48 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

I used to use Eudora, hated outlook express but now use Outlook for everything.

Firstly I organise my main categories:-

Business - Mycompany ltd
Business - Other Business
1:1 Meetings
Someday Maybe
and many more..

I then use my calendar to map out my regular tasks everyday which I view on a 5 Work week setting.

Once I have all my regular tasks entered to re-occur every week I then see what little time I have left for real work.

Now, every day I spend 15 mins sorting email, I either Do it, delete it, delegate it or defer it.

If its something I can do with in a minute I'll do it straightaway other wise i move the email to a category in my tasks list ready for planning in my calendar.

With in 15 mins my inbox is empty again and all filed into the correct sections and emails downloading quickly.

keeping track of contacts is just as simple.

I used to hate Outlook but I've learned to use it correctly and I know many people hate using M$ but I've not found anything better and so widely used, specially important when others also plan using outlook and send you appointments.

For me outlook is the best for now, I've tried Eudora and other calendar software etc but outlook works better as its altogether under one roof.

One day we'll sign up to the exchange server then the real power of Outlook will come through.

Added - I leave Outlook to work in the background just by shrinking it, whenever I need it I just click and it opens quickly. I don't have send and receive on automatically as this can disturb you everytime something comes in, also you may want to adjust emails that you'll send before sending.

Another good tip is to free you mind of ideas, thoughts, post it notes, text messages etc by entering tasks into the task pad then move each task at the end of the day into a category ready for planning in your calendar.

Its amazing how much you store in brain thinking of all the things which outlook could look after for you. We've all been their, forgetting things the wife says about going out for dinner or planning a shopping trip :( thats because your brain is overloaded and its best to have all this stuff stored in one location then sync with your mobile or PDA.

Their are some really good books on how to handle email and time management.

Good Luck


 10:19 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)


Your O/S is corrupted irreversible in the registry through time and inevitably through McAffee. McAffee and Norton are not compatible with Windows because neither obey Windows registry installation rules and cause system slow down by using incompatible Class keys.

If you use drive imaging (Acronis if you have SP2 installed) you can bail out of Windows software corruption in a mouse click. I restore a drive image every month and as a result my PC has been running fast and corruption free for years.

Outlook Express fails because it is run from Windows system and vulnerable to registry corruption influence. If your system is always stable, and it can be, OE will always work smoothly and snap open, but it does have its limitations, as you would be aware.

You have been given sound advice to use Outlook. If you don't need the contact management element POCO Mail is highly recommended. I believe now POCO also has a contact manager similar to Outlook, worth checking out. I have been using this software for some years, as it is a true email client designed for marketers and online business.



 11:20 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

McAffee and Norton are not compatible with Windows because neither obey Windows registry installation rules and cause system slow down by using incompatible Class keys.

Whilst invalid registry data can slow (or kill) a system, the reason that these programs damage performance is more likely bad coding/architecture than anything to do with the registry. (A registry compatibility issue would be trivial to fix.)

The main problem with the registry is that it gets too large and slows things down. The whole concept is flawed, but we're stuck with it. Most software would start quicker by ignoring the registry and using .INI or .XML files to store data. The registry is only needed for system data.



 6:43 pm on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Much better answer. You are right!

Cheers Rod

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