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Microsoft KB Archive/171398

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OLEXP: Timeout Error Messages Downloading News Messages

Article ID: 171398

Article Last Modified on 11/4/2003


  • Microsoft Outlook Express 4.0
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 4.0

This article was previously published under Q171398


When you try to read a news message while offline, you may receive timeout error messages or warnings, and the message may not open.


Outlook Express cannot properly process messages that have a period as the first character on any line in the message.


To work around this problem, switch to the Outlook Express Front Page, and then switch back to your news server.

NOTE: The message is not downloaded until you establish an online connection to your news server.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Outlook Express version 4.0 for Windows95 and Windows NT 4.0. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.

Additional query words: 4.00 ie4

Keywords: KB171398