Fix ‘cannot start microsoft outlook’ error


Are you getting problem while working on Microsoft Outlook emails client? This problem might be occurred after upgrading the operating system to Windows XP? Sometimes while accessing this application you may get error messages? This behavior of Outlook may appear due to corrupt Outlook profile, missing application files and components and corrupt pst file. If you are getting such errors then you might have to face data loss situation. In order to resolve this situation you must have to know the appropriate cause of the appeared error.

In a practical scenario when you go to open the Microsoft Outlook after upgrading to Windows OS then at a time you will get below error message on the screen:

“Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Unable to open the Outlook window. The set folders could not be opened. The server is not available. Contact your administrator if this condition persists.”

When this Outlook error prompts then the opening process of the email client will be interrupted. You will not be able to access your stored data which brings the situation of Outlook data loss. There are many causes of such Outlook behavior. Some of them are:

  • If the Outlook application is configured for running the compatibility mode.
  • Either your Outlook profile is damaged.
  • If the Outlook PST file is damaged or corrupted.
  • If the PST file is gets oversized.

To find out the solution of this behavior of Outlook you can try the following methods:

  • Change the mode of Microsoft Outlook by modifying the properties of Outlook.exe file.
  • If the error appears due to corruption of the Outlook profile then you must recreate the user profile and then attach your Outlook items to the profile.
  • From the recent backup, restore the corrupt pst file.
  • You can split pst file to prevent from the oversized pst issues.

Splitting pst file is one of the great issue to resolve Cannot start Microsoft Outlook error. Due to oversized pst file Outlook PST file may be damaged and “Cannot start Microsoft Outlook” error prompts by the application. When you split pst file then the oversized issue is resolved and you can save more data on that. For this you can use third party Split PST file tool. It splits large pst file into smaller one which performs complete fast and easy task. With powerful and intuitive user interface this tool works and makes secure your Outlook data.