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    Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    When I try to open Outlook, I get the attached error message. Everything seemed to working fine until a few hours ago. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    Do you also get the error message if you do the following?
    - Select Start | Run...
    - Type <code>outlook /safe</code>
    - Press Enter or click OK.

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    Yes ... when I type outlook /safe ... I still get the error message.

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    Thanks. That rules out some possible causes.

    Try the following:
    - Start another Office application, such as Word or Excel.
    - Select Help | Detect and Repair...
    You may need to insert your Office 2003 CD.

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    Sorry about the delay in responding. I opened Excel and went to "Detect & Repair" (did not need CD) and after it was completed I got the following message "Microsoft Office Pro Edition 2003 Setup Completed Succesfully". When I opened Outlook, I still got the same error message. Any further thoughts appreciated.

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    Try completely uninstalling Office 2003 and removing all traces of it, then reinstalling. I'm aware that this is not an attractive option, but I don't see another solution.

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    What is the best way "to completely uninstall ..." and remove "all traces of" Office 2003 ?

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    Delete the C:Program FilesMicrosoft Office folder after uninstalling MS Office. If you feel comfortable with it, you can also remove the Office-related keys from the Windows Registry.

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    Thanks for the help. I decided before I take these drastic measures that I would say some prayers to lords of Microsoft and low and behold, Outlook opened without any error message. I will wait a few days to see if this holds until I take these drastic measures. Thanks again for your prompt responses.

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    I recently got the same error message above again so I decided to reinstall Office. I uninstalled it and then looked and there was no C:Program FilesMicrosoft Office Folder to delete. I did not touch the registry. I tried to open Outlook and got the following message: Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Unable to open the Outlook window. The set of folders could not be opened. Any help would be appreciated !!!

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    I assume that this happened after reinstalling Office. Perhaps you need to repair your .pst file - see About the Inbox Repair tool.

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    I have several .pst file. Should I repair them all ?

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    It won't hurt, but you might start with your main one (the one where your incoming mail is delivered).

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    I tried them all and still got the same error message. Anything else I could try ?

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    Re: Error Message Opening Outlook (Outlook 2003 SP3)

    Sorry, I'm out of ideas. I hope that someone else will have a suggestion for you.

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