Outlook may not start correctly when you use Windows XP

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When you try to start Microsoft Outlook on a computer that is running Windows XP, you may receive an error message and Outlook does not start.

Error message information


Fix it for me

To fix this problem automatically, click the Fix it button or link. Then click Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.

  • This wizard may be in English only, but the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.
  • If you are not on the computer that has the problem, save the Fix it solution to a flash drive or a CD and then run it on the computer that has the problem.

Then, go to the "Did this fix the problem?" section.

Let me fix it myself

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

  1. Locate Outlook.exe.

    Outlook.exe is typically located in one of the following folders, depending on the version of Outlook that you are running:

    • Outlook 2010
      C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
    • Outlook 2007
      C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12
    • Outlook 2003
      C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 11
    • Outlook 2002
      C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 10
    • Outlook 2000
      C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 9
  2. Right-click Outlook.exe, and then click Properties.
  3. On the Compatibility tab, click to clear the Run this program in compatibility mode for check box.

    The screen shot for Compatibility tab of OUTLOOK Properties window
  4. Click OK.
  5. Try to start Outlook.

Did this fix the problem?

  • Check whether the problem is fixed. If the problem is fixed, you are finished with this section. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support.
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More Information

For more information about how to create profiles in Outlook, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

195718 How to create a new e-mail profile in Outlook 2000

195723 How to create a new personal folder (.pst) file for an Internet Mail Only (IMO) e-mail account in Outlook 2000

For more information about Windows Program Compatibility mode, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

292533 How to use Windows Program Compatibility mode in Windows XP

Advanced information

This issue may occur on a computer that is running Windows XP if the Outlook.exe file was configured to open by using the Windows Program Compatibility mode setting. When you set compatibility for Outlook to Windows 95 or to Windows 98/Windows Millennium Edition, Outlook displays this error message. This occurs because the location of the Outlook Profile information in the registry is different on a Windows XP-based computer than it is on a computer that is running Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Millennium Edition.

ИД на статията: 252304 – Последен преглед: 12.09.2013 г. – Редакция: 1

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