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Outlook Express DBX files

Where are the Outlook Express message databases stored?

Outlook Express stores email messages in DBX files which are located in the

 %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{Identity-GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express\

  • Refer to the system tips for a description of %USERPROFILE% thing; you will also need to adjust Windows Explorer settings to show hidden objects - the Local Settings folder is hidden from view with the default system settings.
  • {Identity-GUID} - Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) associated with the specific user identity, something like {1234567890-12AB-CD34-EF12-123456789ABC}.

Outlook Express stores message folders in separate .dbx files, one folder per file. The corresponding files are named according to their respective Outlook Express folder names. To create a backup copy of your email, you need to copy all the DBX files to a safe location.

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Data encryption in DBX files

Unlike "big" Outlook (PST format), Outlook Express does not support any encryption in DBX files; however, you can

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