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What Is An Outlook Express Error?

The Windows operating system of your PC has two different e-mail and news reader programs built into it.  One of these is Microsoft Outlook, which is a fully featured and functional task and content management resource as well as being an e-mail program.

Outlook Express, on the other hand, is less focused on multitasking than Outlook, and is therefore a considerably ‘lighter’ program in terms of the amount of disk space and memory that it uses.

What this essentially tells you is that for e-mailing purposes, Outlook Express (OE) is far quicker and easier to use than its more comprehensively featured cousin.

This relative simplicity does not, however, imply that Outlook Express will never suffer any problems or errors.  It is, after all, an integral part of the operating system of your PC and every individual Windows component will suffer errors, faults or defects from time to time.

Unfortunately, the only way of preventing this entirely is by never switching on your PC in the first place!

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What Are The Most Common Outlook Express Errors?

Outlook Express is essentially and particularly designed for handling incoming and outgoing e-mail messages.

It therefore follows from this that any errors or defects in Outlook Express are most likely to manifest themselves in the programs inability to send or receive e-mails efficiently.

There are many reasons why this might happen, but the most likely is that the program itself has suffered some underlying damage.

For example, if Outlook Express seems to be running inordinately slowly, but other Windows programs that rely for their functionality on an internet connection like IE are working perfectly normally, then the fault is fairly clearly limited to Outlook Express only.  In this scenario, one possible culprit is a corrupted or faulty imagehlp.dll.

It is entirely possible that there are missing or corrupted files in other areas of the Windows registry which then becomes a situation that is reflected in the problems you are encountering using OE.

As an example of this, Outlook Express is a program that is password protected, and therefore any fault or defect in the Windows ‘Protected Storage Service’ (responsible for retaining passwords) could also be the underlying cause of problems with this particular program.

Essentially, however, the majority of errors and problems that you are likely to encounter when using OE are most likely to be seen in the programs inability to process e-mails efficiently.

Assuming, therefore, that this is not indicative of an internet connection problem, you will need to analyze the program itself.

Most OE failed starts or crashes are the result of t the underlying .dbx files being corrupted, damaged, or being marked as Read-only.

Some of the ore common error messages that you might expect to see are:

  • MSIMN caused an invalid page fault in module Msoe.dll at address

  • MSIMN caused an invalid page fault in module Msoe.dll

  • Msimn caused an exception C0000006h in module Directdb.dll

  • Unknown error has occurred. Protocol: SMTP Port: 0 Secure: No [SSL] Error: 0x800c0131

Also, you may see a message that informs you (not especially informatively) that:

Outlook Express could not be started. It may not be installed correctly.

All of these error messages tell you that the program needs your attention!

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Fixing Outlook Express Errors

The first thing you should do is check whether any of the underlying .dbx files have somehow become Read-only files. To do this:

  1. Close Outlook Express and then open the store folder in Windows Explorer.

  2. Select all files (Edit| Select All, or CTRL-A), and right-click on the selected file that you believe is causing the problems, then select Properties. Uncheck the checkbox for the Read-only attribute, close and start OE once again.

This will most commonly solve this defect.

If it does not, then you most probably need to dig a little deeper into the Windows Registry to ascertain where the fault lies.

Checking the registry is, in fact, an absolutely essential part of ensuring that your PC is always running as quickly and smoothly as possible. You should therefore be using Registry scanning software like SpeedyPC as an integral part of your routine whilst also checking for viruses and spyware.

So, use whatever software you have available to confirm that it is not an underlying Registry problem, because if it is not a Read-only file issue, this is the place that you are most likely to discover the answer.


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Updated: December 6, 2016

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