Microsoft Outlook Errors
What you mostly do when you cannot start Microsoft Outlook for some reason, is get it to start in Safe Mode. In this way, you can check out what is wrong with the program, and maybe fix it. A common misconception here is that Outlook’s safe mode is the same as Safe Mode for Windows. Yet in fact, the two are quite different. The latter would have all network drivers disabled, and with no internet, so there would be no point looking into why you cannot start Microsoft Outlook.
Safe Mode in Outlook however, is a function that disables the add-ons and user settings, and runs just the essentials, so that nothing gets in the way of troubleshooting. To enter Safe Mode in Outlook, you have to use a switch that can be accessed from the Start Menu.
To do that, go to the search box, and type in Run. Launch the Run command when you find it, and enter Outlook.exe /safe in the text field. Make sure that you include the space after .exe. Another way to force Outlook to open in Safe Mode is by holding down the CTRL key when launching the email client application.
Microsoft Outlook Troubleshooting
Another method for fixing the issue with Outlook, which does not involve entering Safe Modem, is by using a PST repair tool. If your problem is data related, then the ScanPST tool is a good option. It is a utility that is installed with Outlook, so you will already have it, unless you removed it for some reason.
Sometimes, all you need to get Outlook back up and running, is removing some of the add-ins you do not need. If you do need every one of them, then systematically disable each to check if that solves your problems. This can take some time, if you have many add-ins installed, but if any one of these is preventing Outlook from launching, then there is no other way around to fix the email client application.
If all else fails, consider un-installing Outlook and install a fresh copy. To do this, go to Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program, and select Microsoft Office. Click on Change, and deselect all the options other than Outlook. Repeat the same steps to re-install the program, keeping Outlook marked this time.
These are just some of the ways to fix the Cannot Start Outlook error. Call us for assistance with PC issue resolution, on our 24-hour support hotline.
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