Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Outlook Express Stops Responding ???

Outlook Express Stops Responding and Your Pointer Appears as an Hourglass : -

When you start Outlook Express, the program may stop responding and your pointer may appear as an hourglass.

One cause for this problem may be damaged information in your Identity ID Number registry subkey.

Resolution : 
To resolve this problem, use Registry Editor to export, delete, and then import the Identity ID Number subkey registry information for each of your identities. 

When you use this procedure, you preserve user settings, account settings, address books, and message stores.

How to Export and Delete the Identities

  1. Quit all programs.
  2. Click Start, and then click Run.
  3. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  4. Locate the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\Identity ID Number
    NOTE: There is one subkey for every identity. Follow these steps for each identity. The Identity ID Number subkey takes the form of an alphanumeric string, such as:
  5. In the left pane, click the first \Identities\Identity ID Number subkey in the tree, and then note the user name data in the right pane.
  6. On the Registry menu, click Export Registry File.
  7. In the File name box, type the user name that you noted in step 5.
  8. In the Save in box, click Desktop, and then click Save. Repeat the previous steps to export each Identity ID Numbersubkey.
  9. After you export each Identity ID Number subkey, right-click the Identity ID Number subkey in the tree, and then clickDelete. When you are prompted to delete the key, click Yes.
  10. Delete the main Identity key, HKCU\Identities.
  11. Quit Registry Editor.
The Username.reg files are now on your desktop. Each file corresponds to one of your identities.

How to Import the Identities

Import each Username.reg file. Start Outlook Express after you import each file to determine if the individual identity is damaged. To do this:
  1. On the Microsoft Windows desktop, double-click the first Username.reg file that you exported.
  2. Start Outlook Express to confirm that the program is working correctly for that identity.
  3. Repeat the previous step for each Username.reg file.
Do not delete any Username.reg files that you do not use until you confirm that Outlook Express is working correctly. If Outlook Express does not work correctly after you import one of the .reg files, that identity is the identity that is causing the problem. You must delete the identity, and then re-create it.


  1. I was also facing this outlook error when I try to start my installed outlook. Started outlook in safe mode but it’s of no use, after two hours again I receive this error. What do with this error I didn’t know? At last I have download scanpst.exe and work on the steps as it was displayed in my PC screen. Thanks for solving my this outlook error that is “outlook express stop responding.”

  2. when my outlook not responding then i have installed outlook pst repair tool to fix outlook pst file. After repair the outlook my outlook working very well.

  3. I have installed outlook 2010, before two it was working very well. But yesterday when I try to start outlook then I receive the same outlook error message and not able to start outlook. When I opened internet and searched for the tool then I got outlook pst repair tool. I have downloaded and installed in my system, it automatically fix this outlook error.


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