MS Outlook is a popular personal information management software, and is used by millions of people around the world. Although the program is not prone to too many errors, it does get problematic once in a while. Most often you get the “Cannot start Outlook” errors, but these can be resolved using some simple troubleshooting techniques.
One error commonly found in the Outlook program is associated with the opening of the files with extensions .OFT (Outlook template) or .MSG. While trying to open such a file, if you were to receive the following error message which states that, “Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. The command line argument is not valid. Verify the switch you are using”, then you will need to troubleshoot the program using the steps given below. These steps were obtained from the Microsoft Tech Support teams online, so they ought to suffice at fixing the problem.
Some troubleshooting tips
• Go to the “location” section and then change the command to the one given below. "c:\program files\microsoft office\OFFICE11\outlook.EXE" /f "%*". This will ensure that all other file types in the Outlook program will get broken. However, there is a disadvantage to this method, since it creates two copies of the Outlook file, and as such this is not an ideal solution.
• You can try to edit the registry in order to overcome this issue. Since editing the registry can cause problems if not done properly, it is recommended that you do so under the guidance of a skilled technician. Whatever be the case, make sure to backup the registry before you start to edit it.
• Set the following registry key to fix the registry issues with the Outlook program.
• These are some of the troubleshooting methods that you can try in your computer, in order to resolve the issues with the Outlook program. If you cannot start Outlook even after carrying out these simple troubleshooting methods, it indicates that the repair needs to be done by skilled technicians. You can contact the Outlook tech support team in this case, and they will help you to resolve the issues with your Outlook program.
Problems with the MS Outlook programs can be fixed using some simple techniques. However, some methods mentioned here, such as the one that involves registry editing, need to be carried out extremely carefully. Otherwise, there is a chance that it might lead to more serious problems.