Windows 8, Windows 10 Outlook Express: What Has Happened?

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If you were looking for quite a while to find if Outlook Express works for Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, you will find the answer to your question below.

There are many people out there that are wondering – where has Outlook Express gone? Before the launch of Windows 8 and Windows 10, many were hoping that Microsoft would decide to revive the old Outlook Express. To keep things short – that hasn’t happened. Why it hasn’t happened, it’s pretty obvious for those that have a background in technology, and not so much for the regular users.

Update: we have managed to find a software that is similar to Outlook Express on Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows 7. Read the part at the end of the article for more information.

There are alternatives of getting Outlook Express even on your Windows 8, Windows 10 device, be it a laptop, tablet or even All-in-one. While the experience will not be exactly the same, it will help you work with a similar software. Read on to find out the needed services to replace your Outlook Express experience.

Why Outlook Express isn’t in Windows 8 and Windows 10

The answer to this question is very simple – Outlook Express is missing in Windows 8 and Windows 10 because it has been deprecated since Windows Vista. So, it wasn’t present neither in Windows Vista or Windows 7. But, even this fact wasn’t enough for many loyal fans to hope that Windows 8 will come with Outlook Express. Therefore, for those that have arrived here searching for Outlook Express on Windows 8 – unfortunately, the bare truth is that you were searching for something that has been dead for a long time already.

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And don’t try looking for it in the Windows Store, you find it there. It has been succeeded by Windows Mail and now it’s available under the form of Windows Live Mail. You can access that in Windows 8 and Windows 10 under the simple Mail application. Outlook Express is not to be confused with Microsoft Outlook which serves for much more things than just being an email and news client. They don’t even share a common codebase.

Albeit I said you shouldn’t be looking in the Windows Store for Outlook Express, I could be wrong. Maybe there is a brave developer out there, that’s going to bring back old memories and develop Outlook Express under the form of a nice Windows 8 and Windows 10 application. But I really doubt that, since it could come in conflict with Microsoft. But, who knows?

Update: what many users don’t seem to understand is that Windows 8 and Windows 10 can’t be blamed for the disappearance of Outlook Express. We’ve tried our best to search for some solutions to solve this issue. Albeit some of our commenters recommend the following:

download microsoft office on the desktop in windows 8, then look in your drive, then in programs so you can find Microsoft office, then find outlook express icon so it will bring it up, now when you begin to setup your email information make sure you put it in manually, then your done then after that pin it to your program taskbar and you can do it for the rest of in office.

you need to know that this won’t bring up the old Outlook Express but Windows Mail. If you’re willing to try another service that’s similar to Outlook Express (thanks to our commenter emanon), you can do so with the following:

  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Zinstall XP7 Technology
  • Zimbra Desktop
  • Eudora
  • Barca
  • Calypso
  • Lotus Notes
  • Pegasus
  • Pine
  • The Bat

OE Classic, the right software for your Outlook Express experience

Get now Outlook Express in Windows 10

People land on this page hoping that there is a solution of getting back the Outlook Express feeling on Windows 8 and Windows 10. The above mentioned software can help you out, but it seems that if you want something good, you need to pay for it. We have been approached by InfoByte, a reliable company that deals with software development. Their solution is called OE Classic and is just the right thing you need for your Outlook Express nostalgia.

Here is a real customer testimonial regarding the OE Classic software:

I was most annoyed when I bought a new computer about a year ago with Windows 7 loaded (I previously had XP) to find that Outlook Express had been discontinued some while ago and the only free Microsoft option was Live I can’t stand all the complicated jumble of bells and whistles and social networking paraphernalia in that program and the unnecessary disk space it uses so I have used Thunderbird for the past year.oe classic pro

Now however, I have had to change service providers to BT Internet, and in spite of loading the correct settings, Thunderbird works only intermittently in retrieving and sending email using my new email address via BT Internet. I suspect the fault is with BT rather than Thunderbird, but BT technical help only supports Microsoft programs so I was unable to obtain any help from them.

Your OE program has been functioning perfectly since I downloaded the non-Pro version this morning, and was more simple to set up than Thunderbird – in fact, it took only a few seconds to input the settings once it was downloaded! So, keep up the good work. I just love the clear, simple appearance of OE Classic and I look forward to seeing the various new additions in 1.20 and beyond. OE Classic is a masterpiece in the making!

If you think that OE Classic is the right solution for you, then follow the link below to order it. Don’t worry, if you are not satisfied with it, you can always ask for your refund within 60 days – that’s a guarantee from the vendor! But I suspect that you won’t be doing that! You can also feel free to have a look at the gallery with screenshots and if you click the banner from above, it will lead you also to the order page.

Download and order OE Classic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

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lauramiller1216@hotmail.com'
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Thank you for this. But I have a question for you, too. I have a new computer with Windows 8. In Windows 8 I have been trying to find the ability to put contacts into groups, which I used to be able to do but now cannot find any way to do. My brothers Mac says there is no way to make groups on Windows 8. Is this true? Or should I be looking somewhere else? (I am not a confident computer person – especially on this new system!) Please give me some advice if you are able. Thanks. Laura… Read more »
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What kind of groups, to be more exact?

jeffdebooy@iinet.net.au'
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I imagine Laura means like work colleague groups and friend groups and family groups thus dividing email lists into relevant groups and possibly also email groups with multiple emails in a group for mass mailing friends or family. Is this correct Laura?

xa.photo@yahoo.com'
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I Wonder if I should install my windows 8 instead off this ?

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DO NOT install Win8!!! You WILL NOT be happy! If your smart you will stay with XP3 or Win7. Unless you like spending time reading articles like this because you loaded Win8.

bobandelaine@rogers.com'
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I went from xp to windows 8 and lost my address book,can I recover it or am I beat

starrychloe@oliveyou.net'
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Me too. Go to Outlook Express Address Book > File > Export > Address Book (WAB) > Save .wab file > Copy to Win8 > Double click > Would you like to import? > Yes > Explorer > C:UsersusernameContacts > There are your contacts. Win8 Mail still can’t see them because it’s stupid and I gave up on anything Metro so install Thunderbird > Tools > Import > Address Books > Outlook Express > Now your address book is imported.

Guest

Awesome, thanks for that!

KatherineSweeney1@gmail.com'
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I went from Vista to this miserable Windows 8. Had I wanted a huge ‘Smart’ phone rather than a computer program I would have gone that route! I hope the fleas of 1,000 camels infest Bill Gates’ armpits and crotch. I have NEVER been so frustrated with a computer program until now and I resent it. Windows 8 can kiss my apps!!!!!

Guest

Sorry for that Katherine!

Error.UnknownSender@Mail.com'
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Man did you ever get the short end of the stick! From one failure to another is what happened to you. Vista and Win8 just happened to be the worst operating systems MS ever put out (so far, here comes 8.1). Your simplest fix is to use WinXP3 or Win7. I garauntee you wont have problem one with either of those!

disqusbobson@mailinator.com'
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What the hell; why curse Bill? He retired years ago and doesn’t make descisions any more; he turned over those responsibilities to Steve Ballmer in 2000 to work full-time on his charity. Do you curse Henry Ford for bad decisions that the company makes today? ◔_◔

emanon@centurytel.net'
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Used Outlook EXPRESS for years – because – I could configure it to suit my business applications. That’s somethjing I have NEVER been able to do with ANY other email service. And my broker/dealer used it too & AND THEY MANAGED SEVERAL BILLION DOLLARS OF CLIENTS $$$$. How stupid could my BD & I be, not to recognize the elite genius of the tech industry. The closest I’ve come to replicating my old OE is Thunderbird at Mozilla Firefox. I just found http://zinstall.com/products/reviews-and-press for Windows 7. And http://zinstall.com/technology/zinstall-xp7-technology (includes 2:21 video). It seems if you do this – you can… Read more »
Guest

Wow, billions of dollars with Outlook Express!

ksimich@ymail.com'
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download microsoft office on the desktop in windows 8, then look in your drive, then in programs so you can find Microsoft office, then find outlook express icon so it will bring it up, now when you begin to setup your email information make sure you put it in manually, then your done then after that pin it to your program taskbar and you can do it for the rest of in office.

Guest

What are you saying? There’s no Outlook Express there!

setterluv@gmail.com'
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Grrr, I was hoping for better news, even if it meant buying a new Outlook Express. What is wrong with Microsoft that they don’t recognize a good thing when they have it?

Guest

Not sure, I’m also (used to be) an Outlook Express addict. Too bad it’s gone now in Windows 8!

Guest

But now, I won’t buy an Outlook Express for Windows 8 😀

rifferiss@gmail.com'
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The claim is that Outlook Express had depreciated quite some time before the end of it.

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I am switching all of my pcs to apple. Windows 8 did it for me. I would love to meet the idiots who designed this mess.

Guest

Why Cindy?

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You do realize your going from the pan into the fire right? Going from Win8 over to a Mac is no change. Both suck! If you want a reliable pc operating system, and not on a crApple, then load MS WinXP3 or Win7. You WONT be sorry!

wmfelber@yahoo.com'
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Apple os is great no problems , no virus works perfect all the time you have obviously never used it or you are an idiot to say anything different!

disqusbobson@mailinator.com'
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> I am switching all of my pcs to apple.

Then I hope you are super rich because Apple products are exorbitantly expensive.

steve.knepp@yahoo.com'
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Hmmm . . . I buy all of my Macs with three years of Apple Care. Then, at 30 months I sell my Macs with 6 months remaining on Apple Care and I sell them for 60 cents on the dollar. Name me a PC maker that even offers 3 years bumper to bumper hardware and software support. Name me a PC you can sell in 30 months for 6 cents on the dollar and I’ll think about it. Until then let’s keep things relative. You get what you pay for. I have to sell Windows PC’s all day. They… Read more »
jyurchak@comcast.net'
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pragmaticconservative

Probably the same ones who designed the Obamacare web site.

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os@stofanet.dk'
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I Wonder if I should install my Vista instead off this misk mask

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why would you want to do that?

Error.UnknownSender@Mail.com'
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this is parody right? You want to load a known failed op sys (Vista) instead of the newest failed op sys (Win8)? how is that gonna help you?
Folks, the only Windows operating systems that should EVER be used are: Win NT4, Win98SE, WinXP3 (the 3 denotes service pack), or Win7. Everything else is just a Mac.

misterfixit183@gmail.com'
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Download Vbox from Oracle, create a virtual XP machine with your (legal) copy of Win XP, and run Outlook Express on that!

Guest

Mister Fixit, could you please elaborate more?

Error.UnknownSender@Mail.com'
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Um this doesn’t make sense. why load a virtual XP machine on a plain XP machine? OE will already run in plain XP mode. You could try loading a virtual Win7 (or XP) in plain Win8 (I doubt Win8 has that ability) and run OE from there.
We haven’t gotten to test Win8 for virtual modes yet, but it is on the test list.

silvergirl11@verizon.net'
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My msn mail USED TO BE PRIVATE.. and Outlook Express was the default. I am NOT HAPPY! Now anyone and everyone can see what was once MY PRIVATE MAIL ! As soon as I logon it automatically goes to MSN homepage and signs in to my mail! GGGRRRR!!! Now what do I do? My hard drive went. I was running Windows XP.. I LIKED IT@! I had to get a new computer.. because.. well… because I was told at Staples that XP is going to be obsolete. WHY? I liked it and was comfortable with it. I DON’T want to… Read more »
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I share your frustration Marie 🙁

silvergirl11@hotmail.com'
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My msn mail USED TO BE PRIVATE.. and Outlook Express was the default. I am NOT HAPPY! Now anyone and everyone can see what was once MY PRIVATE MAIL ! As soon as I logon it automatically goes to MSN homepage and signs in to my mail! GGGRRRR!!! Now what do I do? My hard drive went. I was running Windows XP.. I LIKED IT@! I had to get a new computer.. because.. well… because I was told at Staples that XP is going to be obsolete. WHY? I liked it and was comfortable with it. I DON’T want to… Read more »
Error.UnknownSender@Mail.com'
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Have no fear. XP is out there. And will be for decades to come. No worries that MS doesn’t support it anymore. After SP3 layer on XP, what more could be needed? All you need to do is wipe that Win8 crap off your harddrive and load a fresh XP3 on it. your good to go. And don’t go buying a new pc when your HD fails. Just replace the HD. That’s the good thing about pc’s, upgradable! And forget Staples, Best buy, or Walmart. They are department stores, not computer stores. They wouldn’t know a PC from a Mac,… Read more »
silvergirl11@hotmail.com'
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Well anyway.. I went to my ISP home page and got my Outlook Express mail through there! YES! One for me!!! Ha Windows 8 et al.. TAKE THAT! Now I just have to figure out how to undo Microsoft Hotmail from automatically opening up when I sign in.. Grrrr….

dunachie@onetel.com'
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After eight weeks of Outlook on new Windows 8 computer, it has stopped working and a note says “UNLICENCED PRODUCT”
I do not wish to buy Office simply to email. What is the alternative?

Guest

Paul, try the services at the end of the article

sharon@goat-meat.co.uk'
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cheers , i have an old email address i still use, @fsnet.co.uk windows live wont support it so ive been in a mess with my new computer , going to give thunderbird a try

krp2b@aol.com'
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WINDOWS 8 SUCK

sandyleighe@gmx.com'
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Sadly, about the only good idea Microsoft ever had was Express Mail, which many loved. And, It seems obvious MS knew that – if they were listening to or reading any review vehicle, site, etc. Outlook mail and/or live is an obvious step backward and so incredibly annoying, non-sensical and needlessly so? Simply ridiculous and non- intuitive which equals extra work and constant irritation. I mean, where do they come up with this stuff? I am so done with MS and Windows 8. I have decided to do what I wanted to do for a long time now – go… Read more »
geotechnica@snafu.de'
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Nice page, right on target. I was searching for OE alternatives, but with no luck. Thunderbird – will not take my addresses and uses a different structure to store the mails, The Bat – nice, takes all the addresses but no address folders. Now I have around 1600 clients in one folder :-(( Forward mails and you lose the format at all 🙁 Claws – will not format mails at all and will not work with drag and drop of pictures Outlook – will cut attachments that are suspicious. Too big to be easy and handy. Pegasus – not easy… Read more »
Guest

Oh my God. Do stay tuned here, we might announce a partnership here soon with a software provider

n3licoslo@gmail.com'
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When my wife’s old XP laptop died, I took the plunge and bought an Acer laptop, complete with touchscreen. Immediately on setting up email, despite having POP mail as a button choice, the Windows 8 mail doesn’t support POP mail. There’s a workaround, if you want to caal it that, of routing your POP mail to an account that has IMAP, then using that. Unnaceptable. I know your answer is Who is using POP mail today? Lot’s of people who buy Windows 8, and find themselves in that silly world of cascading “gotta change everything around.” Millions of people in… Read more »
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Michael J. Coslo, I can only suggest you to try the OE Classic software. Quite a few folks have ordered it on our community and are satisfied with it

davidgutierrezdavid51@gmail.com'
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I deleteed my mail center from windows 8 dashboard not knowing it was my outlook mail center can this be recovered

Error.UnknownSender@Mail.com'
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First, thank you for allowing me to sign in and comment without having to ‘sign up’ or start one more account with someone. Geesmus I hate that! Now, considering this page and the recent MS tragedy. First, OE did not die. Nor did its usage dwindle. In fact it has gone up not down because of its functionality. The reason it isn’t available is so that MS could slowly move everyone over to an MS account. Thus why in Win8 the ONLY way to get mail, is to have an MSLive account. Much like everything else on Win8, you have… Read more »
faeri@walla.com'
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Hey, so I heard something called Zinstall zExpress can transfer your Outlook Express to your new computer. Has anyone checked that out yet?

slavenka1981@gmail.com'
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Windows 8 sucks!!!

lascantech@aol.com'
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So does the OE version run POP3 ,or does it IMAP then send that to POP3,which no doubt will not be SSL or otherwise as secure.
And if I order OE, Do i use the POP 3 mail service address or my webmail (AOL) on the order form? Helpppp.

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katrinaverhey@gmail.com'
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Hi everyone, I am not very tech savvy so excuse my ignorance. But I am wondering if someone can help?
I used to connect to my work email through outlook express and webmail? I purchased a new computer and am running windows 8 and using google as my home page. I have tried to access the webmail address several times (which would just pop up) and I keep getting told its not there. I suppose it will be something simple but I cant find what I am doing wrong

baslers@mweb.co.za'
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Windows 8 is utterly ridiculous!! I got a new laptop because my old faithful is just not big enough anymore. I had no idea Windows 8 was such a f—ing ridiculous program – I would never have agreed to getting this new laptop had I known – I would have waited a few more months and got myself an apple – they at least don’t try to be so pretentious. How the hell are you meant to set up an Outlook Express type of email account. This stupid Windows 8 just does not allow me to do that – it… Read more »
10000domaind@gmail.com'
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Outlook express finally Workson windows 7 and 8 Look Here:http://rafailb.tk/index.php?itemid=27

pmf009@verizon.net'
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Can I convert my Outlook Express Inbox and other folders from a Dell running XP to Outlook mail running 8.1?

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mattarnett@yahoo.com'
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Wow… obviously English is your second language. You should have someone proof and edit your articles!

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phil.t.berns@telenet.be'
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I recently bought a new PC. I’m looking for a replacement for my old Outlook Express, but OE Classic is NOT what I’m looking for. It doesn’t support IMAP (Outlook Express did support IMAP) and I’m not switching back to POP3. Also you have to use regedit to change the folder the program is going to store your mails in. In short, I’m looking for a client (not an app, but a fully functional program) that supports IMAP, lets me store my mails in a folder I selected on a drive I selected and a program that does NOT come… Read more »
ck.barnes@btinternet.com'
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My 11 year old computer was running so slow and was using Windows XP, so I bought a new one with Windows 10. I now discover it doesn’t have Outlook Express where you can hang on to old E mails for years, otherwise I didn’t tend to use it. There is no power source for the old speakers on the new computer, so I am using the old computer along side for that for the moment. Now it looks if I will have to use the old computer for Outlook Express. The moral is: don’t get rid of your old… Read more »
larry554@att.net'
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I was in agreement with all that was upset with no more Outlook Express when I had to purchase a Windows 10 HP. The solution I used was to use a Virtual Machine file with all the good ole software from my old XP. Give that a try. You can still use Outlook in the VM.

justforu649@gmail.com'
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i just had a laptop come in with Outlook Express Plus installed on a windows 10 machine. She couldn’t figure out how to add her Office 365 to the native mail app. Kept coming up that the account is already created. I finally removed OEP and everything worked fine.

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