Pictures cannot be displayed and are shown as red X in Outlook

Support for Office 2003 has ended

Microsoft ended support for Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

When you open an email message that contains images in Microsoft Office Outlook, the image areas are blocked. These areas display a red X placeholder. Additionally, the images are sent or received as email attachments.
To resolve this problem, make sure that the Temporary Internet Files folder is valid.

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
To have us fix this problem for you, go to the "Fix it for me" section. If you prefer to fix this problem yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself" section.

Fix it for me

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

  • Running this Fix it will force Outlook to use a specific folder for temporary files. 
  • This wizard may be in English only. However, 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.

Let me fix it myself

  1. Click Start, click Run (Or press Windows Key and R on your keyboard at the same time ), type regedit.exe, and then press ENTER.

    (If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.)

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  2. Locate the following registry subkey:

    Office 2010:
     Office 2007:
    Office 2003:

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  3. In the right side window, double-click OutlookSecureTempFolder. Verify whether the folder noted is valid. You can copy and paste the folder path in Windows Explorer to verify this.
    • If you do not see the OutlookSecureTempFolder entry, go to the next step.
    • If the folder does not exist on your computer, change the OutlookSecureTempFolder value to a valid folder path, for example C:\temp0\.

    The screen shot for the value of OutlookSecureTempFolder registry key

    The screen shot for the Windows Explorer

  4. If the OutlookSecureTempFolder registry entry does not exist, you must create it manually. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Right-click an empty area, point to New, and then click String Value.

      The screen shot for this step

    2. Double-click OutlookSecureTempFolder, and then enter a valid folder path, for example C:\temp0\.

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  5. Restart Outlook.
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Article ID: 2638687 - Last Review: 05/23/2014 09:07:00 - Revision: 4.2

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