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I live in Outlook 2007 all the time as it’s the hub for my communications with clients and friends.  It is the one tool that keeps me informed, on time and in touch with my colleagues and I love the way it works most of the […]

I live in Outlook 2007 all the time as it’s the hub for my communications with clients and friends.  It is the one tool that keeps me informed, on time and in touch with my colleagues and I love the way it works most of the time.  One thing that has bugged me for a very long time is why Outlook 2007 often fails to close its data file properly when you close the program:

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I find that it does this on every computer I use and there’s a 50/50 chance when I close Outlook that I’ll see this message the next time I run it.  It doesn’t really hurt anything other than cause the disk to read a bit as it "checks" the data file but it’s annoying that properly closing the program still doesn’t close the data file consistently.  At least that’s what I have to assume since that’s what it tells me.  What’s up with that?

  1. Neill Currie Monday, May 26, 2008

    I use Outlook 2003 on Vista and XP machines, and have never (ever) seen that warning in the last 5 years.

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  2. Neill Currie Monday, May 26, 2008

    I use Outlook 2003 on Vista and XP machines, and have never (ever) seen that warning in the last 5 years.

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  3. Like you, I live in Outlook 2007 and I’ve never seen that message. However, I connect to a remote Exchange Server via HTTP/RPC so maybe it’s the difference between using a .ost file and a .pst file.

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  4. James, I have been using my job-hunt gmail account with Outlook 2007 for about a month now, and I have noticed this behavior as well. And ilke you, while I have yet to notice any data losses or corruption, I still find it annoying.

    Woadan

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  5. I have had the same error for ages – and like some of you I use cached-mode Exchange Server over RPC/HTTPS so it’s not only a PST problem.

    I’ve blogged about this a couple of months ago – it could be some poorly designed add-in such as Avast and Xobni.

    Yes, they are related to the problem and Outlook is to be blamed for allowing such poor performance from add-ins.

    http://www.geekzone.co.nz/freitasm/4720

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  6. i have Outlook 2007 on a multitude of machines & have never seen that message. the fact you see it often & on all your machines indicates it’s definitely something specific with whatever youre doing. check for common Outlook environmental variables across all your machines (i.e. problematic email, attachment, etc).

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  7. I have similar problems and find that often Outlook never closes down at all. Recently I formatted and reinstalled everything on my P1610 with XP and decided to install as few Outlook add-ins as possible and then saved that image with Acronis True Image. I am cautious to ensure Outlook has indeed closed whenever I am prompted to reboot. I use Jenson’s Knockout to let me know.

    In the last 2 months following the above actions, Outlook and in fact, my entire computer experience, has run much more reliably. It has affected my reboot and resume from standby speeds considerably – to the point that I have put off selling the P1610 and buying a P1620 with a SSD.

    Before I used the following Outlook addins:
    -Netcentrics GTD
    -Text Aloud
    -Fedex manager
    -Xobni
    -Mind Manager 6
    -Send to OneNote
    -Send to Evernote
    -Enterprise Vault
    -TEO

    Now, I only install the following:
    -Enterprise Vault (used by my company)
    -TEO (I am a 95% slate user)
    -Send to OneNote
    -Text Aloud (to have emails read to me while I am driving)

    Steve

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  8. I use Outlook 07 with an exchange account as well but the only time I have seen that error is when my machine shuts off unexpectedly and Outlook is not closed properly.

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  9. Make sure, you dont shut off/hibernate/standby immediately after closing Outlook. My experience is, that after closing Outlook, there is still some process running in the background, for a few seconds (minutes?) that does some datafile maintenance. Look at “Outlook.exe” in taskmanager after closing Outlook it stays ther for some time.

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  10. I get this error since i installed a Windows Vista Ultimate and Outlook 2007 (both are German versions) and i’m connecting to my servers via pop. I have installed all available updates and i am not using any third party addins. Allthough i get this message i have never had trouble with my .pst file. It would be nice to know a fix for this as the check of the data file slows down my pc (but fortunately just a bit).

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