July 16, 2009

Outlook 2003 Error when creating profile

Filed under: Microsoft Office,Office 2003 — Rahul Patel @ 10:45 am

This solution is for error message when you try to create a new profile in Outlook 2003:

There was an error locating one of the items needed to complete this operation. It might have been deleted.

This error encountered and can be reproduced with the following:

  • Downgrade Microsoft Office / Outlook 2007 to Office / Outlook 2003.
  • Connecting to exchange server.
  • Operating system: Windows XP Professional.

There was an error locating one of the items needed to complete this operation. It might have been deleted.

Figure 1. When creating a new profile, an error message pop up as soon as OK button is pressed.

profile is created even with the error message, and when trying to add a new account for exchange the same error pops up.


  1. Delete or rename file: Mapisvc.inf in \Windows\System32 folder
  2. Delete or rename file: Mapisvc.inf in \Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033 folder 
  3. Create a new profile again and setup will re-install that file. New profile can be created and Outlook can connect to exchange.

May 1, 2009

Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 Released

Filed under: Office 2007 — Rahul Patel @ 10:17 am

2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 2 (SP2) gives customers the latest updates for the 2007 Office suite. This service pack includes two main categories of fixes:

– Previously unreleased fixes that were made specifically for this service pack.
– In addition to general product fixes, these fixes include improvements in stability, in performance, and in security.
– You can find out more information in Knowledge Base Article 953195, where product-specific changes are described.

All the public updates, security updates, cumulative updates, and hotfixes that were released through February 2009. Before installing this service pack, you are strongly encouraged to read 953195, which describes some big improvements introduced by SP2, and also calls out some important information that you should be aware of before installing.

Download: Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 (290.2 MB)

November 27, 2008


Filed under: Exchange Server,Microsoft Office — Rahul Patel @ 2:03 pm
Brief Description
Tool for issues discussed in Q296088Specific support tool to create a truncated copy of a .pst file allowing some recovery when the file size has reached over 2 gig. The copy does not have all the original data because the tool cuts a user defined amount of data from the file.
Download this link or with my box:

November 24, 2008

Set Up a Vacation Message “Rule” using Microsoft Outlook 2003

Filed under: Office 2003 — Rahul Patel @ 10:59 am

Please download How to Set Up a Vacation.pdf from box…

November 22, 2008

Change office 2007 CD key

Filed under: Office 2007 — Rahul Patel @ 5:11 am

Follow these steps:

  1. Close all Microsoft Office applications.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
  3. Locate the following registry subkey:

    Note You may also find another subkey that resembles the following subkey:


  4. If you find additional subkeys that reference Microsoft 12.0 registration, open each subkey, and then identify the product by the ProductName entry.
    For example: ProductName=Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007
  5. When you find the subkey for the product from which you want to remove the existing product license key, delete the following entries:
    • DigitalProductID
    • ProductID
  6. Exit Registry Editor.

Clear the Outlook Email Address Auto Complete Cache

Filed under: Office 2003,Office 2007 — Rahul Patel @ 5:06 am

Background: Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 has a feature called Email Address Auto Complete. As you type in an email address into the TO: or CC: field (and BCC: field I imagine) outlook will display a list of matching email addresses from the outlook auto-complete cache.

Here’s an example:


As convenient as the Auto Complete feature is, there are times when you need to remove these cached email addresses from the cache. Perhaps you just sent an email and you found out you made a typo….. Unfortunately that typo will remain in you cache until you delete it.

Solution: The fix is easy:

  1. Type the email address you wish to clear from the cache until outlook displays it as shown above.
  2. Press the down arrow key to select the email address and press the delete button.
  3. All Done

Another option if you want to delete all addresses in the cache file (outlook.nk2):

  1. Close Outlook
  2. Open Windows Explorer or IE and Paste %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Outlook into the address bar.
  3. Delete the file Outlook.nk2 file in this folder

Outlook cmd switches

Filed under: Microsoft Office — Rahul Patel @ 4:53 am

To use switches, at the Start menu, Run command type:

Outlook /switch

Occasionally you’ll need to use the full path to Outlook, so the command line looks like:

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\Outlook.exe ” /switch

Note: Paths that include spaces between words must be enclosed in quotation marks (“) and are case sensitive.
You’ll need the full path if you create desktop shortcuts.



Creates an item with the specified file as an attachment.


Outlook /a “C:\My Documents\labels.doc”

If no item type is specified, IPM.Note form is assumed. This switch cannot be used with message classes that aren’t based on Outlook.

/altvba otmfilename

Opens the VBA program specified in otmfilename, rather than %appdata%\Microsoft\Outlook\VbaProject.OTM. Use this switch when you need to run macros not in your VBAProject file.

/autorun macroname

Opens Outlook and immediately runs the macro specified in macroname.

/c messageclass

Creates a new item of the specified message class, works for any valid MAPI form.


  • /c ipm.activity creates a Journal entry
  • /c ipm.appointment creates an appointment
  • /c ipm.contact creates a contact
  • /c ipm.note creates an e-mail message
  • /c ipm.stickynote creates a note
  • /c ipm.task creates a task


Prompts for the default manager of e-mail, news, and contacts.


Starts Outlook and deletes client-based rules. Used by non-Exchange account users.


Deletes the logging records saved when a manager or a delegate declines a meeting. Used by Exchange Server accounts.


Removes Search Folders from the Microsoft Exchange server store.


Clears and regenerates free/busy information. This switch can only be used when you are able to connect to your Microsoft Exchange server.


Removes invalid profile keys and recreates default registry keys where applicable.


Launches Outlook with a clean Personal Folders file (.pst)


Clears and regenerates reminders.


Starts Outlook and deletes client- and server-based rules.


Deletes all Schedule+ data (free/busy, permissions, and .cal file) from the server and enables the free/busy information from the Outlook Calendar to be used and viewed by all Schedule+ 1.0 users.


Starts Outlook and deletes server-based rules. Used only with Exchange server accounts.


Overrides the programmatic lockout that determines which of your computers (when running Outlook simultaneously) processes meeting items. The lockout process helps prevent duplicate reminder messages. This switch clears the lockout on the computer it is used, enabling Outlook to process meeting items.


Deletes the subscription messages and properties for subscription features. Used with SharePoint alerts.


Restores default views. Use with care as all custom views you created are lost.


Starts Outlook without figuring out if Outlook should be the default client in the first run.


Opens the specified message file (.msg) as an OLE embedding. Also used without command-line parameters for standard OLE co-create.


Opens the new window in “explorer” mode (link bar on).

/f msgfilename

Opens the specified message file (.msg) or Microsoft Office saved search (.oss).


Starts Outlook as if it were run for the first time.


Opens a new window in “folder” mode (Navigation Pane off).

/hol holfilename

Opens the specified .hol file.

/ical icsfilename

Opens the specified .ics file.

/importprf prffilename

Launches Outlook and opens/imports the defined MAPI profile (*.prf). If Outlook is already open, queues the profile to be imported on the next clean launch.

/l olkfilename

Opens the specified .olk file.

/launchtraininghelp assetid

Opens a Help window with the Help topic specified in assetid.

/m emailname

Provides a way for the user to add an e-mail name to the item. Use either the full address or let alias resolve. Only works in conjunction with the /c command-line parameter.


Outlook.exe /c ipm.note /m rahulpatel007@gmail.com Outlook.exe /c ipm.note /m dianep


Starts Outlook without loading outcmd.dat (customized toolbars). With older versions of Outlook the *.fav file doesn’t load.


Starts Outlook with extensions turned off, but listed in the Add-In Manager.


Starts Outlook without checking mail at startup.


Starts Outlook with the Reading Pane off and removes the option from the View menu.

/p msgfilename

Prints the specified message (.msg). Does not work with HTML.

/profile profilename

Loads the specified profile. If your profile name contains a space, enclose the profile name in quotation marks.


Opens the Choose Profile dialog box regardless of the Options setting on the Tools menu.


Starts Outlook using an existing Outlook window, if one exists. Can be used in combination with /explorer or /folder. The Outlook shortcut in the Quick Launch bar uses the /recycle switch.


Resets default folder names (such as Inbox or Sent Items) to default names in the current Office user interface language.

For example, if you first connect to your mailbox Outlook using a Russian user interface, the Russian default folder names cannot be renamed. To change the default folder names to another language such as Japanese or English, you can use this switch to reset the default folder names after changing the user interface language or installing a different language version of Outlook.


Restores missing folders for the default delivery location.


Clears and regenerates the Navigation Pane for the current profile. Removes all Shortcuts and Favorite Folders. Has the same effect as deleting profilename.xml in your user directory.


Opens Outlook and displays the remote procedure call (RPC) connection status dialog.

/s filename

Loads the specified shortcuts file (.fav). Use to load *.fav files created in older versions of Outlook.


Starts Outlook without extensions, Reading Pane, or toolbar customization.


Starts Outlook with the Reading Pane off. New to Outlook 2003.


Starts Outlook without checking mail at startup. New to Outlook 2003.


Starts Outlook with extensions turned off, but listed in the Add-In Manager.


Starts Outlook without loading Outcmd.dat (customized toolbars) and *.fav file.

/select foldername

Starts Outlook and opens the specified folder in a new window.


“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\Outlook.exe” /select outlook:calendar

outlook /select “outlook:Inbox\Old Messages”


Starts Outlook and forces a detection of new meeting requests in the Inbox, and then adds them to the calendar.

/t oftfilename

Opens the specified .oft file.

/v vcffilename

Opens the specified .vcf file.

/vcal vcsfilename

Opens the specified .vcs file.

/x xnkfilename

Opens the specified .xnk file.

Slipstream Office 2003 SP3

Filed under: Office 2003 — Rahul Patel @ 4:32 am

1. Create three folders on you c: drive – c:\MSOffice2003, c:\Office2003SP3, c:\TempSP3

2. Now Insert the Office 2003 CD and type “x:\setup.exe /a” in the Run dialog [x is your cd-rom drive letter]

3. Enter the required information like Name, Organization and Office 2003 Product Key. Click Next

4. Here you should choose c:\MSOffice2003 as the installation point

5. Accept the End User License Agreement [EULA] and click next. Files are now being copied to the installation pointed choose in step 4.

6. All files need to launch Office 2003 setup is being copied in to the folder you have been selected.

7. Copy Office 2003 SP3 file (Office2003SP3-KB923618-FullFile-ENU.exe) into the folder C:\tempSP3

8. Execute the following commands in sequence,

8a. Command to extract all Office 2003 SP3 files into the Office2003SP3 folder.
C:\TempSP3>Office2003SP3-KB923618-FullFile-ENU.exe /Q /C /T:C:\Office2003SP3

8b. Command to slipstream main Office 2003 files.
msiexec /p C:\Office2003SP3\MAINSP3.msp /a C:\MSOffice2003\PRO11.msi SHORTFILENAMES=TRUE /qb

For FrontPage2003
msiexec /p C:\Office2003SP3\MAINSP3.msp /a d:\MSFP2003\FP11.msi SHORTFILENAMES=TRUE /qb

8c. Command to integrate Office 2003 Web Components
msiexec /p C:\Office2003SP3\Owc11SP3.msp /a C:\MSOffice2003\OWC11.MSI SHORTFILENAMES=TRUE /qb

The Service Pack 3 has now been integrated into your Office 2003. It is safe to delete the c:\Office2003SP3 and c:\tempSP3 folders.

The Integrated (Slipstreamed) Office 2003 SP3 CD will require no serial (CD-key) during installation.

You can either burn the contents of the folder to CD or leave them on your hard drive.

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