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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: December 20, 2018, 09:13 PM »
Thank you - that is exactly what I was looking for!

General Software Discussion / Win 10 setup to look like XP?
« on: December 19, 2018, 01:09 PM »
Background:  I'm running a 2012 gaming desktop and an HP laptop both running Win 7 (which I like).  My old XP box finally died and I am intimately familiar with Win versions 3.0 up through 7.

But, I've postponed my update beyond Win 7 as long as possible (and managed to avoid 8 altogether).  The Dell laptop I setup for my brother 10 years ago (running XP) is on its last legs and he asked me to set him up with a new box (he is non-tech).  I just bought him a new laptop, an ASUS ROG GL703GE gaming laptop (from Costco) which came with Win 10 Home - I think - I have not even dared to boot it up yet before doing my homework.  In the past, I have had good luck following the "Windows Annoyances" books and the tweak guides from  But when I just went to the tweakguides site, Koroush Ghazi (the author, a Windows expert I trust), says that Windows 10 is so bad that he was unable and unwilling to write a guide for Win 10.  I am not looking forward to the "learning experience" trying to get his new laptop to look and behave as his old trusty XP box.

Question: I have zero experience with 8, 8.1 or 10 and am looking for a "Old School Survivors Guide to Windows 10" or "How to make Win-10 look and feel like Win-XP".

Any suggestions?

He is not so concerned about the privacy issues (from what I've read so far, Win 10 is unavoidably spyware), I'm more concerned about getting a desktop that looks and feels like Win XP. (Same start menu and explorer look and feel).  I could return this if need be and pick out some other model (I'm guessing that Win 7 boxes are no longer available?)

Am I dreaming?

Thanks in advance - any help would be appreciated,
Jeff Roberson

General Software Discussion / Re: SQLite, SQL, SQLite Expert
« on: May 01, 2017, 11:14 AM »
Thanks for the public service announcement! - I am new to SQL and am using sqlite2 in a couple small projects and this info is indeed useful/helpful to me.

Thanks again!

Well, I finally found my solution: OE Classic

This windows app is a free replacement for Outlook Express. It allows importing an entire OE folder/message tree and exporting it back out into plain text.eml files.

This (simple, clean and non-obtrusive) app has saved my butt!

My main box is still happily running Windows XP (SP2) and my main email client is still Outlook Express (OE version 6.00.2900.2180).

I have thousands of emails stored in dozens of OE folders in an OE folder tree that goes about four levels deep. The single real file directory which contains all of these emails and OE folders consists of 571 dbx files and 832MB. I would like to convert all of the emails to simple text files and have them located in real file directories that correspond to the folder structure within OE.

Is there a simple way to accomplish this? My first thought was installing something like Thunderbird or other email client that is able to import OE dbx files, but if there's a better tool for the job, I'm all ears.

I am running Windows XP on my main box and Windows 7 on my newer rig (both are desktops). I have no other smart devices. I don't care about any of the attachments in any of the emails - just want to get the main body text into simple text files.

Thanks in advance for any help!
Jeff Roberson

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