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Solutions: Annoying, unwanted function can be removed

I use Windows XP, Home Edition. Lately, when I close out Outlook Express, a notice pops up stating to free up disk space Outlook Express can compact messages. This may take up to a few minutes. It drives me crazy. I can cancel it each and every time, but that drives me crazy. I want it to go away.

Try this, but since it involves a registry change, first create a Restore Point before proceeding. (If you're not familiar with System Restore points, Click Start, Help and Support.

Type system restore in the Search box, and then press ENTER). Click Start, Run, enter Regedit and click OK. Navigate to this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{identity}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0.

Set the value of Compact Check Count to the number zero. Close the registry editor and restart Outlook Express.

You mentioned in your column about defragging in "SAFE" mode. How do you get in Safe Mode with Windows XP?

When you boot (or restart) the PC, press the F8 key. This needs to be done while the system does a POST and before Windows starts to initialize. POST stands for Power On Self Test and will look different on each type of PC. It will usually display information on the BIOS/motherboard vendor as well as some other information.

The F8 will bring you to a Windows boot menu with several choices. Choose Safe Mode or Safe Mode with networking. In Safe Mode you will be required to sign in with the built-in Administrator ID, which will also require a password only if you have set one, otherwise it will be blank (no password).

Send questions to or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column.

Solutions: Annoying, unwanted function can be removed 04/04/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 4, 2010 2:46pm]
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