A silly mate of mine chose notepad to open one of his .dbx files and, not knowing what he was doing, had the tick enabled that ensured all files of that type would open with notepad. Now he can't access any of his message folders in OE6.
I emailed to him what you said, FreeCell, but he says there is no OE option available in the list to choose from. There is Internet Explorer there on the list but its icon is totally different to what a normal dbx file has.
He is using XP SP2 Home with all updates installed, by the way. TC.
.dbx files aren't designed to be loaded into OE anyway, not in the way .eml files can be. They are the database files that make up the folders in OE, setting them to open with Notepad shouldn't have affected access to them unless they have been saved or edited with Notepad, which will damage the structure. Do as freecell said but delete the .dbx filetype then reboot and try OE again.
"If Folders.dbx becomes corrupt, OE often stops displaying folders for existing *.dbx files, and sometimes will simply refuse to start. Also a bloated Folders.dbx can make OE run very slowly. Both problems can be repaired by closing OE and deleting Folders.dbx. Understand though that you will lose the mail tree structure, all lists of newsgroups, and all synchronization options, and that message rules will likely need to be edited."
Your first suggestion did the trick, Brundle. He deleted the dbx filetype, rebooted and all now is well, he says. He was so pleased he even rang me up to say thanks! I told him to register here with the forums and take in the wealth of knowledge, wit and friendship here.
Many thanks guys on behalf of my mate for the help. Have a nice Christmas! TC.
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