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How to download and use Outlook Express in Windows 10


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2. Use a virtual machine

use outlook express on a virtual machine

While Microsoft pushed Windows 8 to computers, those who didn’t necessarily have to migrate or buy a new device with the new OS were strongly advised on forums and comments to stick to Windows XP or Windows 7, to still use Outlook Express.

Which is somewhat difficult considering the upgrading pressure.

But with the help of a virtual machine, you install the above-mentioned older systems and use your preferred email client.


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3. Migrate your old environment

how to use outlook express on windows 10

This solution was inspired by a couple of user comments, who recommended a third-party program called Zinstall to migrate any old operating system to your newly installed Windows 10.

The interesting part about using Zinstall is that it allows you to use incompatible apps on your latest OS, without compromising system settings or program performance.

The only mandatory condition here is that you still have the old system running on another device – so basically to have two PCs or laptops.

With Zinstall, you can transfer programs, documents, music, pictures, favorites, emails, accounts, settings and other locally stored files. The program supports transfers from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10. Similarly, you can also move files between 32-bit to 64-bit OS or vice-versa.

The whole process is intuitive, and should take 20-25 minutes, depending on the size of your transferred files/programs.

Try Zinstall

As you can see, it’s not impossible to still use Outlook Express. If you have any additional suggestions on this topic, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to check them out.

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in October 2017 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.



This post was written by Radu Tyrsina and was first posted to WindowsReport

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