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Also check that the *files are not marked as read-only.
In OE, click File| Import| Messages, select OE5 from the list, then choose either From Identity (for importing from another Identity on the same machine) or From Store root directory.
To delete all headers and message bodies from all groups on all accounts, click Tools| Options| Maintenance| Clean up now.
Click once on Outlook Express at the top of the list, then click Delete, wait, click Compact, wait.
See also: Maintenance Part II: Clean up newsgroups) Top of page Make a temporary folder named C:\Mail, or C:\Temp\Mail, as long as the last folder is named Mail.
Copy the OE4 files (*and *.mbx) into the Mail folder.To delete old headers with or without message bodies, create a message rule that filters for messages older then xx days (or whatever).For the Action, select "Delete" and "stop processing more rules".To delete all headers and message bodies from all groups under a news account, click Tools| Options| Maintenance| Clean up now.Click once on the news account, then click Delete, wait, click Compact, wait.I have tried to move my WAB file via registry key and this locked the application.