It is the whole community which is great, because with difficult cases (like this non-malware one) we all help each other.
This is a pretty large post and it is best to read the whole post before you start doing the things I said. That way you can are more sure of what to do and things will go way smoother.
I found two suitable programs which can export e-mails out of .dbx files and save them as .eml files like you also did once in a while:
- Express Archiver which I find best as it is pretty clear and for free (for 30 days).
- DBXtract which is paid software, but very clear and clear screenshots.
You can choose to use the one you like.
To make sure everything goes fine and safe it is best to restore things the way before you began playing with the dbx files:
- In the normal Outlook Express folder restore everything (the names, etc.) the way it was with the right dbx files.
- Also restore those things for the back up folder(s) with the dbx files you made before to when we wanted to reinstall Outlook Express with the inf file.
Now when you use one of the programs I listed you must give the path to the inbox dbx file in the original Outlook Express folder. You must also give the path to a folder where the seperate eml should be saved. For that I recommend you to make a new folder somewhere so things will not get mixed up. Now if the program runs fine you should have all those e-mails which were in the inbox in that new folder.
If the e-mails are extracted from the dbx file you can delete the dbx file from the original Outlook Express folder (that is why I told you to make the back ups clear again too) and try to run Outlook Express. This should work as you tested Outlook Express earlier without that dbx file of the inbox.
Before we are going to import your e-mails into Outlook Express again please remove the extracted eml files which caused the problem. In the first post of this topic you said it was some kind of spam so please delete that eml file and other possible unwanted e-mails.
Now we can import the e-mails into Outlook Express again by selecting all the eml files in the newly created folder and dragging them into the empty inbox (it does automatically create one, right?). It should now import your e-mails and we will have to pray it will not crash
Please let me know how things went.