Outlook Express Won't Start

by Tyran DeWalt

Outlook Express is a part of Windows' Internet Explorer that manages Internet mail. It supports mail accounts such as POP3, IMAP and HTTP. If Outlook Express won't start, it could stem from damaged files, conflicting applications or invalid settings. Troubleshooting Internet Explorer might resolve Outlook Express issues. Repairing Outlook Express only requires a few small adjustments. You can return Outlook Express to normal functioning within minutes.

Delete Browser History

1

Open the Internet Explorer program.

2

Open "Tools" and click "Internet Options." Select "Delete" under the "Browser History" section. Exit Internet Explorer.

3

Reboot your computer and attempt to launch Outlook Express.

Re-register Outlook Express and its Files

1

Click the Windows logo or "Start" button in the bottom-left corner of the desktop.

2

Open "All Programs" or "Programs." Click "Accessories."

3

Right-click "Command Prompt" and click "Run as Administrator."

4

Type the following commands in the prompt and press "Enter" to re-register Outlook Express and its files: regsvr32 urlmon.dll regsvr32 shdocvw.dll regsvr32 browseui.dll msimn /reg Exit the Command Prompt.

5

Open Internet Explorer. Open "Tools" and select "Options" or "Internet Options." Click the "Programs" tab and choose Outlook as the primary email client.

6

Exit Internet Explorer and attempt to launch Outlook Express.

Reset Internet Explorer

1

Open Internet Explorer.

2

Click "Tools" and click "Internet Options."

3

Open the "Advanced" tab and click "Reset." Choose "Reset" again once the reset settings prompt appears.

4

Exit Internet Explorer and attempt to open Outlook Express.

About the Author

A family therapist and graduate of the University of Louisville, Tyran DeWalt has written relationship and holistic self-care practice advice for close to a decade. DeWalt relishes in being able to combine his zeal for writing and his commitment to assisting people manage everyday life challenges.

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