What To Do When Outlook Won't Launch

Outlook Problems And Help

Troubleshoot Outlook Errors

Outlook can sometimes frustrate you, when it refuses to launch for some reason or the other. As used as many folks are to this, there’s no alternative email client that offers the same functionalities. This is why most people are willing to try to troubleshoot an error when they find it in this email client. And, that is why discussions on Outlook problems and help procedures fill up so many forums online.

If you have the issue mentioned here, here’s what you do.

  • Close the Outlook program first, and make sure it’s not still running in the background. Check the system tray and if you find it there, right-click and Exit it. If you have MSN or Windows Messenger installed, close that also. Hit the Start button.
  • If you’re using Windows 7 or Vista, type outcmd.dat in the search field and press Enter. Otherwise, skip this step.
  • Click Search. In the search window, click on the search field and type in outcmd.dat. Check the All or part of the file name box, and under the Look in box,set C: drive as the directory to search. After this, hit the Search button to get that under way.
  • When you see the outcmd.dat file, right-click and rename it to any name of your choice. Now, close theSearch Results window, and open Outlook.
Troubleshoot An Error

Outlook Problems

If you’ve done all this, Outlook should launch fine. If it doesn’t, then repeat the steps until you find outcmd.dat and right-click and delete it. If you’re asked for an admin password, provide it and confirm the action. Close the search window and launch Outlook again. It should start as normal.

Outcmd.dat is the file that tracks and saves the custom settings you configure for your toolbar buttons, when using Outlook. If there’s some sort of virus or malware infecting your computer, it can sometimes slip into this file, as a way to breach the system. Or it could be a temporary glitch that’s corrupting the file. If the renaming worked, you’ll again be able to manage your Outlook toolbar buttons. If that doesn’t work and you delete Outcmd.dat, you’d have to start from scratch on your custom configuration.

Call our tech support if you’re unable to make the above procedure work for you. We diagnose any and all Outlook problems and help with resolving them. Get us on our hotline number, or start a live chat session right here with our tech support personnel.

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Recovering Outlook After A Fatal Error

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           Recovering Outlook Issues

Outlook is an extremely useful program that lets you access the large inflow of emails you receive in different accounts every day. Using this single application, you can access emails and reply to them, create and share calendar events, create a To-Do list that will help you stick to a schedule as you perform the tasks throughout the day. Outlook has grown over the years and risen to the changing events as time progressed. However, Outlook is just a software like every other program and is bound to develop some error or the other over time. In such cases, the Outlook problems and help team can help resolve any or all issues.

However, unlike other programs that would require repeated reinstallation for most issues, Outlook has troubleshooting wizards that any user can make use of, to recover Outlook to its original state. To restore various problems with the Outlook program, the bugs in the Outlook .PST files are resolved. Before we look into the details of how to solve the issues, we have to understand what the PST file is.

The PST (Personal Folder File) or an Offline Folder File is required if you are storing Outlook data on your computer. Because of continuous online exchange, some bugs may affect the PST file causing it to get damaged. If the PST file is damaged, you have to make use of the Inbox Repair Tool for correcting the issue without switching to a download copy. This tool will automatically scan and repair any problem with the .OST file without any involvement from your end.

Troubleshooting Process

          Faulty Outlook PST Files

If this does not solve the issue, you will have to disable the faulty OST file and create a new OST file in its place. In order to troubleshoot the faulty .OST file, you may get in touch with our Outlook problems and help division to know how to troubleshoot the problem.

In order to avoid Outlook crash, it is important to make sure that none of the Outlook files are marked read only. This can be solved by initiating the Outlook’s troubleshooting process and then changing the settings back. Go into the offline mode in Outlook and then click on Outlook in folder list so that none of the messages reach their destination and no email or folder is left open. This entire process may take a long time, especially if there are lots of such files, but will resolve all issues related to faulty OST or PST file.

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Learn To Clean The Outlook Cache

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           Microsoft Outlook 2013

Due to continuous usage of Microsoft Outlook, it fills up the User and Program folders and makes it congested. This would adversely affect the performance of the program putting you into situations where you would have to wait for the program to respond. The search option would almost be still. The simple processes like sending and receiving of emails would take ages to complete.

In an effort to increase the speed and the performance of Outlook, it is better to have the Outlook Cache and history of the user files and folders cleared regularly. Here are the instructions to eliminate Outlook problems concerning Outlook cache.

Instructions To Clear Cache

  • If you have the Outlook application open, close it down along with all the windows in Outlook.
  • Click on the Start menu that is present to the lower left corner of the Windows desktop. From the Start menu, select the Open Windows Explorer option or the Explore option. This depends on the Operating System that you are using.
  • In the open window, double click on the C: icon, which is available to the left of the window. Navigate and reach either of these folders “<user profile>\Local Settings\ App Data\ Microsoft\ Outlook” or “<user profile>\ Local Settings\ Application Data\ Microsoft\ Outlook.”
  • From here, delete the .dat file in order to clear the file named Microsoft Outlook Data. Select .fav file to delete the favorites. Look for .nk2 and delete the same to clear the Nickname Cache. To clear the Offline address book, look for the file .oab and delete the same. To clear the offline files, delete the .ost file.

    Performance Of Outlook

                 Microsoft Outlook Add-In

  • To clear the address book, find and delete the file named .pab. Delete all the other cached files from Outlook. See that you do not delete the .pst, the personal files folder that consists of calendars, signature settings and other personal folders.
  • When you are done clearing all the above stated cache folders, close all the windows and restart the computer for the changes to take effect. When the system is up, launch the Outlook application and check the performance of Outlook, this would have fixed the issue and would have made the application work faster.
  • As the last step, if it is a Vista computer that you are using, type outlook/cleanprofile in the search space available in the Start menu. This would be the final touch to clearing cache folders in Outlook.

Clearing the cache and the temporary folders is one of the basic steps done to fix most of the Outlook problems. Hence, it is better to be familiar with these steps if you are a regular Outlook user.

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Fixing Slow Outlook In Microsoft Vista

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Resolving issues in Outlook

From managing your contacts, calendars and daily schedules to managing all your emails, Microsoft Outlook is a nifty little application that eases all the grunt work that is required in most workplaces. Microsoft Outlook has remained the most popular email client for users because it managed to adapt to the changing needs of people throughout the years.

Regardless of how much you love Outlook, you will be pulling out your hair once some Outlook problems start to emerge. While the faulty application can bring your work to a complete halt, you would waste a lot of time if your system were extremely slow. From fragmented system, low hard drive space, to buggy Windows Vista and outdated Outlook app, there can be several different reasons for the bad performance of the program. However, a few troubleshooting tasks is sure to appreciably speed up the program.

Here’s how:

  • Click on the Start menu and the select Windows Update inside the All Programs menu. Select the important updates under Download and install updates to your computer section and then click Install updates. The system updates may speed up your system.
  • Click Start and then type in Disk Cleanup in the Start search box and then press enter. Enable Files from all users on this computer and then select your hard drive. Click Ok to determine how much space you can save and then click OK again to make enough space o delete the unnecessary files.
  • CD-ROM drive

    Speeding up Outlook application

    Defragment the hard drive by selecting the Disk Defragmenter in the Search box of your Start menu and then press Enter. Select the hard drive partition you want to defragment and then click Defragment Now.

  • Over the years, you would have installed a lot of unnecessary programs in your system. Open up the Control Panel window using the Start menu and then click on Uninstall a Program. Select through the list of programs to find programs that you do not use anymore or programs that you do not ever remember installing.
  • If this does not help either, you can choose to reinstall Outlook by first uninstalling the program using the method described before. Once removed, place the installation disk on your CD-ROM drive and then install the entire program again. This would eliminate every Outlook problems that were present before

If you have followed all the steps to the word, you will notice that Outlook is running a lot faster than ever before.

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SBMs Using XP Are Prone To High Security Risks

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           Tech Support For Xp

Small and midsized businesses (SBM) are the worst-affected by Microsoft’s ending of Windows XP support. As it was announced, Microsoft ended Windows tech support for XP on 8th April. The decision created much anger and frustration among XP users worldwide. Countries like China responded to the decision by banning the use of Windows 8 in government offices in the country. Nevertheless, Microsoft is unshaken by these moves. The tech giant has said that it will not entertain the use of Windows XP any longer and made it clear that it would not take responsibility for any security issues regarding Windows XP.

Windows XP market share remains unchanged

Recent reports add that there hasn’t been much decline in Windows XP market share even after Microsoft terminated Windows tech support for the operating system. XP is mostly used by Small and Midsized businesses (SBM). Since most of the SBMs continue to use XP, there are increased chances for them to face security issues. It seems that about 18% percent of small and midsized businesses across the world continue to use Windows XP, ignoring Microsoft’s frequent warnings.

Why do SBMs delay upgrading to latest Windows operating systems?

This is an obvious question before us to answer. What makes SBMs to delay OS upgrades? In most of the small businesses, about 90 percent of the PCs use Windows XP operating system. If they have to upgrade from XP to a new operating system, they will have to upgrade their PCs as well, which would be a huge expense for them. This makes most SBMs to ignore the security warnings and continue using XP.

Use Of Windows Xp

         Windows Xp Support

Potential Security Risks with Windows XP

Microsoft stopped rolling out all types of security updates as well as patch fixes for XP from 8th April. Unsurprisingly, there has been a steady increase in the number of security issues being reported in XP machines. As the OS is no more supported, hackers find it the best time to attack systems and leak valuable data of companies. Microsoft has foreseen this and has warned companies about the risks.

The risks with using Windows XP are increasing day by day. As the operating system itself is not supported, there is no use of installing antivirus programs either. According to some third party Windows tech support agents, the best way to use XP without risks is to use it for offline works because most of the security threats spread when the OS is used online.

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