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For information about the differences between Microsoft Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook e-mail clients, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
257824 OL2000: Differences Between Outlook and Outlook Express
After you upgrade to Outlook Express and then uninstall Outlook Express to revert to your previous version of Outlook Express, the Outlook Express 5 icons remain on the desktop.
To resolve this problem, obtain Outlook Express 5.5.For additional information about Outlook Express 5.5 and how to download it, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Right-click the Outlook Express icon on the desktop, and then click Properties.
On the Shortcut tab, click Change Icon.
Click the appropriate icon, and then click OK.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
This problem was corrected in Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5.
If the previous version of Outlook Express was functioning properly, it should function properly after uninstalling Outlook Express 5. Double-clicking the Outlook Express 5 icon starts the previous version of Outlook Express.
Deleting the Shelliconcache file in the Windows folder and restarting the computer does not restore the original Outlook Express icon.
If Outlook Express is not functioning properly, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
171163 How to configure Outlook Express 6.0 for Internet mail
171164 How to configure Outlook Express for Internet News
195458 OLEXP: Unable to send or receive messages with NetGuard
After starting Outlook Express, click About Microsoft Outlook Express on the Help menu to confirm that the previous version of Outlook Express was restored. NOTE: The icon for the Msimn.exe file also displays the Outlook Express 5 version of the icon.