Fix the ‘Cannot Start Outlook’ error which displays the error message “The set of folders could not be opened”

The number of ‘Cannot Start Outlook’ error has been rising ever since the existence of Outlook. This particular error occurs usually in Outlook 2002. This ‘Cannot Start Outlook’ error is characterized by the following error message;

‘Unable to expand the folder. The set of folders could not be opened. Errors could have been detected in the file drive:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.pst. Quit all mail-enabled applications, and then use the Inbox Repair Tool’.

The path of the file specified in the ‘Cannot Start Outlook ‘error message varies from system to system.

In order to resolve this ‘Cannot Start Outlook’ error, we should be aware of the cause of this type of ‘Cannot Start Outlook’ error?

This type of ‘Cannot Start Outlook’ error is caused when the Outlook data file is corrupted. So, in order to rectify this error, all you have to do is repair this data file.

Instructions for resolving the ‘Cannot Start Outlook’ error

  1. Click on the “Start” button and go to the “Run” application. Enter the following command without the quotes and hit the Enter key on the keyboard; drive:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\scanpst.exe”.
  2. Type the path of the file in the error message in the field next to the “Enter the name of the file you want to scan” option. Please note that you will not be able to find the path of the file by browsing, as it may be present in a hidden file.
  3. Click on the “Options” button and select “Replace Log” or “Append Log” to save the file in the same directory as that of the “.pst” file.
  4. Hit the “Start” button to complete the file scan. Now, select the option “Make a backup of scanned file before repairing” and click on the “Repair” button.

That should be all the help you will need to resolve this ‘Cannot Start Outlook’ error.

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One Response to Fix the ‘Cannot Start Outlook’ error which displays the error message “The set of folders could not be opened”

  1. Dave says:

    Is it maybe that the folders are password protected?

    Dave Jefdren
    OmniTech Scam

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