At times, you might face problem in starting the MS Outlook application installed on your PC. As you attempt to open Outlook email, you could get an error saying that –
“Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Unable to open Outlook window”
With such Outlook start-up issues, you will ultimately fail to open or access any mails or other Outlook attributes. Hence, this can be regarded as one of the serious Outlook issue. In the meanwhile, the major cause for unable to start Outlook program is the corruption with the Navigation Pane Settings. You can recognize this easily by verifying the profile_name.xml file that appears to be 0 KB in size (where profile_name is your corresponding Outlook profile name).
Other reasons for start-up issues with Outlook include- Outlook running under compatibility mode, incorrect installation of Outlook program, opening damaged data file, files created in the older Outlook versions and others.
Methods to fix Outlook errors
Method 1: Recover Navigation Pane
Go to Windows Start menu and type – outlook.exe /resetnavpane. Continue to open Navigation Pane Settings on your computer.
Delete Navigation settings pane: Go to Start menu and type %appdata%\Microsoft\Outlook in the search filed. Open the Outlook configuration files and find Outlook.xml file.
Method 2: Run SCANPST
You can also use the inbox repair utility to fix Outlook corruptions. Go to the Outlook folder location. Find scanpst.exe in the list and then double-click over it to open. Continue to browse your PST file and start repairing your Outlook.
Method 3: Use Remo Repair PST utility
Remo Repair is an effective way to deal with cannot start Microsoft Outlook error and other errors detected in the PST Outlook file. With simple steps you will be able to restore PST files, Contact information, Calendars, Notes, Tasks, Journals and other Outlook entities. This application works well with all Microsoft Outlook versions. Simply download the program on your PC, choose the option Open PST file and specify the folder location of your Outlook. Pick a scan method and allow the tool to scan and repair the errors. Finally preview your data file and save it back to some safe location on your computer.