Microsoft KB Archive/173107

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Article ID: 173107

Article Last Modified on 10/28/2006


  • Microsoft Exchange Client 5.0

This article was previously published under Q173107


When you try to install the Microsoft Exchange Windows 3.x client using the Setup /q1 command (Setup with quiet mode installation), the Exchange client Setup program ignores the settings for the HomeServer and MailboxName in the Default.prf file.


When you use the Setup /q1 command to install the Exchange client on Windows 3.x, the custom changes you have made in the Default.prf file for ServerName and MailboxName will not be used. The Exchange Setup program will create a new profile but will use the Win.ini entry for the DefName for the MailboxName.


You can work around this problem by doing one of the following:

  • Copy the modified Default.prf file to the \Windows directory before running Setup /q1. Then Setup will use the correct ServerName and MailboxName from the Default.prf file. -or-

  • Use the Setup /q command instead of Setup /q1 to install the Exchange client. Then the ServerName and MailboxName will be correct in the profile.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Exchange Windows 3.x client, version 5.0. We are researching this problem and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


You can customize some of the settings in a Default.prf file so that your Exchange clients will have certain default configurations for their profiles. The Exchange client Setup process will also create a new Exchange profile, provided it finds a Default.prf file in the \Windows directory. For more information about customizing the Default.prf file, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles:

147352 XCLN: Creating Default User Profiles

140954 XCLN: Win16 Silent Mode Setup Fails to Create Profiles

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