Outlook Express 6.0 has recently started opening *very slowly* on a Dell computer I bought in Nov. '02. This is a P-4 2.0 GHz machine running XP, with 512 MB of RAM
onboard. This is my first experience with XP, which so far I find considerably inferior to Win98, despite XP's vaunted stability (the sucker still locks up, just w/out the happy BSOD).
I have read, but NOT yet tried, the standard litany of fixes for this problem:
"A corruption of one or more of the following files: psbase.dll, pstorec.dll, pstorerc.dll and pstores.exe. Extract fresh copies from your IE6 installation files using System File Checker." "Corruption or removal of imagehlp.dll," re-install that one. Re-install Outlook Express [that one sounds unnecessarily difficult, but typical of Microsoft's idea of "new and improved"].
#1: I have run SFC (System File Checker) with the /scannow switch, which is supposed to check for any changed or corrupted files. It didn't flag anything as changed or corrupted.
Given this clean report, should I bother going through the hassle of re-installing psbase.dll, pstorec.dll, pstorerc.dll, pstores.exe, imagehlp.dll, etc?
More precisely, can I trust the SFC report of "no changed files" as reliable and accurate, meaning I needn't bother with re-installing the files---OR does any knowledgable person here know better and recommend that I replace the files anyway?
Question #2: To re-install the files, I am used to exiting to a DOS prompt and copying new versions over old. I understand I'm not supposed to be able to get to a DOS outside of Windows XP and, please correct me if I'm wrong, I assume I can't do the new-file-copy-over-old routine from a DOS window. From my reading, I have the impression I should be able to do these file replacements from the Windows Recovery Console, which sounds like XP's version of a crippled-up DOS. Is this so?
Question #3: Will just downloading and installing the latest version of IE/OE, or the latest Service Pak be likely to solve my problem, instead of going through all this file replacement hassle? [My version of OE is 6.00.2600.0000 (xpclient.010817-1148)]
Any advice, i.e., step-by-step routines, you can give me on this problem will be much appreciated--AND if anyone knows of a simpler method to fix OE 6.0, AS WELL AS other causes and solutions for this slow-opening problem, I should also be glad to hear about it.
Thanks very much for your time and attention.