**Instructions for Outlook 2003 are here. **
Outlook 2002 no longer includes support for MS Mail. Why? Because MS Mail is not Y2K compliant. It's also very old technology and only supports mail, not special folders such as calendars, tasks and contacts.
Old or not, it still works great as a post office, enabling small LANs to have mail service. To enable MS Mail as service, you need to hack the mapi service file (mapisvc.inf) to restore support. You'll also need MSFS32.dll from one of the workstations still using MS Mail. An installer is available here that makes restoring MS Mail service easier.
To add MS Mail back to Outlook 2002 as a service (unsupported by MS, use at your own risk):
to the [Services] section of
C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\mapisvc.inf
2. Add this to the end of mapisvc.inf (watch for broken lines – each line begins with PR_, except the last 3):
PR_DISPLAY_NAME=Microsoft Mail Address Book
PR_PROVIDER_DISPLAY=Microsoft Mail Address Book
PR_DISPLAY_NAME=Microsoft Mail Shared Folders
PR_PROVIDER_DISPLAY=Microsoft Mail Shared Folders
PR_DISPLAY_NAME=Microsoft Mail Transport
PR_PROVIDER_DISPLAY=Microsoft Mail Transport
Providers=SFS_AB, SFS_MS, SFS_XP
3. Add MSFS32.DLL to
(get it from another computer that has ms mail – it's about 515 kb.)
For the editing challenged or just plain lazy, MVP Vince Averello compiled an installer to automate the process for you. It's here (OL2002 only). It also includes the workgroup post office (wgpo) files, for creating new post offices or administering old ones.
Published January 14, 2011. Last reviewed on May 8, 2014.