Fix Error starting Outlook 2007: “Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window”

Error starting Outlook 2007 is one of the most popular error of the Outlook 2007 for which numerous complaints has been recorded.

Causes of This Error

Usually this error generated because of occurrence of any corruption in the file that hold up and maintains the settings of Navigation Pane.

That file is known as profilename.xml, in which profilename is the name of your Outlook profile. Location for these files are :

Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Windows Vista, Windows 7

C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook

You can know about this corruption easily since the corrupted file size will goes to 0 KB.

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Symptoms

While launching the application that is Outlook 2007, you will obtain following error:

Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window.

Resolution To Get Rid Of This issues

You can solve this problem via two methods and that is “Fix it for me” and “Let me fix it myself” section. If you want to solve this problem automatically then go through “Fix it for me” and if you want to resolve this issues yourself, then just go through “Let me fix it myself”.

Fix it for me

To go through this method, primarily click on the Fix this problem link. Then from the File Download dialog box, click Run and then follow the steps given in this wizard.

For Windows 8

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For Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

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Note : In case, if you are on the system holding problem, then you can save this automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD in order to run it on the problematic computer.

Let me fix it myself

In order to solve this problem through “Let me fix it myself”, go through the steps given below.

Go to Start menu and then click Run.

Now, in the Run dialog box appeared, type Outlook.exe /resetnavpane
and click OK.

Note: Between “Outlook.exe” and “/resetnavpane”, there is a space. So type it properly.

Note : Windows Vista or Windows 7 users, Run may not be in the Start menu. In that case, you need to follow these steps in order to locate the Run option.

  • Go to Start menu and the select “All Programs”
  • Click on “Accessories” and the select Run.

Additional Information

If the profilename.xml file size goes to 0 KB, just install the following hotfix package. It will helps you to prevent Outlook from generating the error.

You can use the following steps to determine the name of your Outlook profile.

Windows XP

  • Start Control Panel and go to Classic View.
  • Double-click on Mail.
  • Then click Show Profiles.
  • From the General tab, note down the name of your Outlook profile.
  • If more than one profile is being seen then you can take the default one which will be listed in the drop-down control. use this profile while starting Microsoft Office Outlook.
  • Then close the Mail control panel by clicking on OK.

Windows Vista, Windows 7

  • Launch Control Panel and then type Mail in Search Control Panel box.
  • Click on Mail.
  • Hot Show Profiles
  • From the General tab, note down the name of your Outlook profile.
  • In case if more than one profile is being seen on the General tab, then you have to take default one. It will be listed in the drop-down control. Now use that profile while starting Microsoft Office Outlook.
  • Click on OK. It will simply close the Mail control panel.

After performing all such methods, if you still get fail to fix Outlook 2007 error, then you must go for Outlook PST Repair software. It has been specially designed by the team of professionals by taking very smart and innovative algorithm that helps you to resolve any of issues or errors generated on Outlook 2007 along with other latest version.