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This is because Outlook Express is integrated with Windows Messenger. When Messenger is removed using some of the popular uninstall methods, there is one registry key left behind that causes Outlook Express to take a long time to load. On some computers, this may be accompanied by an entry in the error log saying "The server {FB7199AB-79BF-11D2-8D94-0000F875C541} did not register with DCOM within the required timeout"

To fix this, start REGEDIT.EXE and navigate to the key:
You can also do a search for this key to get there easily.

In this key, you will find the keys InProc32 and LocalServer32. In both of these keys, there is a default key. Change the default key to a empty string. Reboot your computer after making the change.

NOTE: Backup your computer and system registry before proceeding.

NOTE: This FAQ item is applicable only to Outlook Express, NOT Outlook.

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by MacGyver See Profile edited by Skipdawg See Profile
last modified: 2003-05-25 15:52:24