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Just today I goto Load Outlook Express (version 6) and only the left folder view and the very top menu appears. No messages are visible. It checks for email as I hear the new mail sound. The program will not do anything (clicking on anything doesnt make anything happen). I load up Task Manager and it shows msimn.exe using all of the cpu.

Also when notepad.exe is loaded is does similar (uses 100% cpu and doesnt respond). However these seem to be the only programs doing this (I can surf the net, play games, watch movies, play music, etc).


I have done a virus scan and found no viruses (using latest Symantec scan). I ran Norton WinDoctor and corrected any registry problems it could find but that didnt help.


Ideas?

Thanks!

-createcoms

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I have solved my own problem.

For some reason the NVidia drivers were freaky. I find it fascinating I could play games and use other applications despite this. But lo and behold an uninstall and reinstall of the Detonators has righted the wrongs and OE is now a happy email client :-)


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An unusual problem you had there. I've not seen nVidia driver corruption cause this particular behaviour before. Thanks for posting the details of how you resolved the matter.

I'll mark this topic as 'solved'.

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Help! This is exactly what is happening to me. Outlook Express is freezing up when I try to open it (generally) and sometimes if I get it to open, then it freezes up if I go from a mail folder to my Inbox. When Task Manager comes it, it shows that msimn.exe is using 99% of the CPU.

I have all the Windows patches; I reloaded Windows last night (yuck). It's still happening. I do not have the NVidia driver that the other person was discussing - at least if I do, I don't know about it.

Help please! Suggestions? I'm definitely not a computer tech person.

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cavoiles,

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-DMR

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Hi, I'm a new person here too.

Wow, same thing happening to me too. Outlook Express freezing, CPU 99 to 100%, wordpad not working - freezing and cpu up also. If anything, all the virus scans and the shredder program did find some malware that was a desktop highjacker. Uninstalled Nvidia, had a beta driver that did work really well, but not worth what it did to Outlook E. and notepad. So much information here, Thank you!

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As simple as it sounds, try loading OE BEFORE you connect to the interenet. This worked for me and I just emptied all the clogged mail and went online.


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Ron
Sydney Australia

Just today I goto Load Outlook Express (version 6) and only the left folder view and the very top menu appears. No messages are visible. It checks for email as I hear the new mail sound. The program will not do anything (clicking on anything doesnt make anything happen). I load up Task Manager and it shows msimn.exe using all of the cpu.

Also when notepad.exe is loaded is does similar (uses 100% cpu and doesnt respond). However these seem to be the only programs doing this (I can surf the net, play games, watch movies, play music, etc).


I have done a virus scan and found no viruses (using latest Symantec scan). I ran Norton WinDoctor and corrected any registry problems it could find but that didnt help.


Ideas?

Thanks!

-createcoms

keywords: outlook OE express 6 freeze freezes Windows XP notepad.exe msimn.exe CPU 100 100% Load crash crashes frozen

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Hello there, This is my first post, so please bare with me.

I had this very same issue with my OE since upgrading to SP2.

I tried the above ideas and the solution posted in the other thread, but it failed to solve the issue.
Eventually after significant thought, I solved it with the following:

Deleted the most recently modified files relevant to OE in the WinNT/Prefetch/ folder. The most obvious of which being the MSIMN.EXE file which Outlook uses to access the email files stored on the drive, which seemed to be the cause of the 100% CPU utilisation.
The files in the prefetch folder are appended with a random string followed by the .pf extension. So the above file would be named ' MSIMN.EXE-38BA98DF.pf ' for example.
The files I moved were the following and may not _all_ have related to OE or IE:
MSIMN.EXE-38BA891D.pf
HVIDEOS2.EXE-305EBDB4.pf
FXSVR2.EXE-14513BBA.pf
EXPLORER.EXE-28CE6F94.pf
ALBUMDB2.EXE-0EEB0F05.pf

Moving these files forces Windows to re-create the prefetched files from the originals (hopefully removing the corrupted files and using the fresh files again)
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If the other solutions didnt work for you, I hope this helps you as it did me.

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Have used CCleaner to clear hard drive space. OE6 is frozen and will not allow me to do anything. Many emails yet are needed to be deleted but unable to do so due to OE 6 freeze.

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