Microsoft KB Archive/104279

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Article ID: 104279

Article Last Modified on 10/30/2006


  • Microsoft Mail for PC Networks 3.0
  • Microsoft Mail for PC Networks 3.0a
  • Microsoft Mail for PC Networks 3.0b
  • Microsoft Mail for PC Networks 3.2

This article was previously published under Q104279


In versions 3.0x and 3.2 of Microsoft Mail for PC Networks, it is sometimes necessary to re-create or reset the .KEY and .MBG files. This article describes the process.

NOTE: Before you make any modifications to the files, make copies of them (*.OLD). Use the .OLD files to restore if something goes wrong and to track down possibly orphaned .MAI files, if needed.


NOTE: An easier way to reset the .KEY and .MBG files can be done with MAILQ16.EXE. For more information on how to run MAILQ16.EXE, refer to the following article in the Knowledge Base:

130285 Resetting or Rebuilding Mailbags with MAILQ16.EXE

In the following examples, substitute the filenames of the appropriate .KEY and .MBG files for the INQUEUE.KEY and INQUEUE.MBG that were used as examples.

To create a new .KEY file

   debug INQUEUE.KEY
   CX 0000

To reset a .KEY file

   debug INQUEUE.KEY

To create/reset an .MBG file

   M:\MBG> type nul > INQUEUE.MBG

NOTE: You can verify that the file was created by using the MS-DOS DIR command to check for the existence of a zero-byte INQUEUE.MBG file.

Additional query words: 3.00 3.00a 3.00b 3.20

Keywords: KB104279