[Dba-office] Outlook 2003 images not displaying

Helmut Kotsch hkotsch at arcor.de
Fri Sep 18 04:25:17 CDT 2015

This is a problem introduced by Microsoft with Vista. 
It is such an obvious con. Its yet another deliberate flaw and one Microsoft
do not intend to fix until someone (like me) finds them out. 
Microsoft claim that even after 2 years, they still cannot replicate this
error - that's because they won't install Thunderbird or Lotus Notes to do
it. It cannot be replicated by sending email from Outlook. This issue goes
to the heart of the paranoid hostility Microsoft shows towards any company
that dares to threaten its market position.
Simply put, in some email clients such as Thunderbird and Lotus Notes, if
the TO: field of an email is left blank (by using BCC) the senders email
client auto-populates the otherwise blank TO: field with the malformed email
address "undisclosed-recipients:;" prior to sending the email. This is
technically a fault with the senders email client.
The MIME decoding in Vista (used by Outlook 2003) has been changed since XP
to reject this and in a manner Outlook 2003 does not expect. Outlook then
simply assumes the email is in plain text ie - not MIME format.
The fix is to ask your Thunderbird or Lotus Notes user sending the BCC email
to populate the TO field with their own email address. Tell them that if
they leave TO: blank when sending using BCC, all Outlook/Vista recipients
won't be able to read their email. That's usually enough.
Word I have from the inside is that Microsoft will continue to try to
dishonestly claim they cannot replicate this fault because they do not want
to fix it. They deliberately introduced the fault in Vista as a ploy to get
Outlook 2003 users to upgrade to Outlook 2005 (etc). They believe its subtle
enough that it won't be put down to any deliberate act by them. Using these
sorts of unethical ploys and scams are the same way Microsoft have been
conning people for the last 30 years to make Bill Gates and his cronies
obscenely and filthy stinking rich. They just put a few little bugs here and
there to annoy the living *** out of you, and then say "hey look - its fixed
in the new version!". People buy it because they have no choice - like drug
addicts to a drug dealer they just keep going back again and again and
Wake up to it ! Demonstrate your dissatisfaction and demand that Microsoft
fix Outlook 2003 in Vista and they be prosecuted by Federal authorities over
this for a monumental fraud.

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Dba-office [mailto:dba-office-bounces at databaseadvisors.com] Im Auftrag
von John R Bartow
Gesendet: Freitag, 18. September 2015 03:58
An: DBA Office; 'Discussion of Hardware and Software issues'
Betreff: [Dba-office] Outlook 2003 images not displaying
Wichtigkeit: Hoch

Hi all,

I've got a client who's Outlook 2003 images won't display in her received
emails if they have a link associated with them. (Link as in the image is on
the internet and has to download to display or link in the image to open a
browser to a website.)


I've gone through all of the settings and checked them to allow anything,
I've cleared the temporary internet files cache (which is one possible
cause) and I've sent a plain embedded image in an email to her and it
displays fine. But things like facebook images will not come through at all.
Just red Xs.


Any ideas?



John B

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