I switched to Vista when it went to RTM over a year ago, so I haven't run
OE - or WinXP - in over a year. I know that Windows Live Mail will run in
WinXP, but I've run it only in Vista. I think that you would be well
advised to move to WLM for several reasons. Not necessarily in order...
1. WLM is "the wave of the future". I doubt that Microsoft will spend
any more effort on improving OE, so it's a dead-end. You'll need to move to
WLM sooner or later, and now might be the best time. Even in Vista, MS
devotes little or no effort that I can see in improving Windows Mail, which
is included in every copy of Vista, just as OE is in every copy of WinXP.
2. When you install WLM in WinXP, it will seem to delete OE, but it
removes only the shortcut and icon. You can still run OE from the Start
menu. You can even run both OE and WLM side by side while you decide which
one you like better, because OE will maintain its Store Folder and WLM will
create and maintain its own Message Store. Be sure that both are set to
leave messages on the server long enough for you to keep both message stores
complete. You'll have to move Sent Items, too.
3. Your "intermittent file corruption problems" will probably disappear
with WLM, or will at least be much less disastrous if one does occur. OE
keeps messages in .dbx "folders"; 1,000 emails from your Mom might be in a
single "Mom.dbx" folder. If there is corruption on one of those messages,
you probably will lose all 1,000 of them. WLM will store each message as a
separate .eml file. If one gets corrupted, you will lose just that one. Of
course, there is more disk overhead involved in processing 1,000 small files
than one big one, but WLM's system is fast enough that you won't notice
this - except during the initial process of Importing the messages from the
Store Folder to the Message Store.
4. Compaction occurs in the background in WLM. It happens so
unobtrusively that I rarely realize that it is happening at all. (Of
course, it might be noticeable on slow hardware.)
5. When the time comes for you to migrate to Vista, your OE-to-WLM
migration will already have been completed.
The decision is yours, of course, but I would suggest downloading and
installing WLM as soon as you have a little time to devote to the conversion
process and the fairly short learning curve. Half a day should be plenty.
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
"Sam Bryan" <sambryan@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I'm sure this very basic question must have been asked before, but it is
> not showing up in the newsgroup's messages that I can currently view and
> I'm new to this group and Google'ing didn't help that much.
> Is it advisable to leave Outlook Express and use Windows Live Mail? I have
> intermittent file corruption problems and have become nervous about
> allowing OE to do a file compaction when it asks. Would hope for a better
> comfort level with Windows Live Mail. I am running under XP. Does Windows
> LM have the functionality of OE and is it more reliable?
> Many thanks for any feedback. -- Sam