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Chapter 2. Installing Outlook > When Things Go Bump in the Night

2.6. When Things Go Bump in the Night

If you use Outlook long enough and hard enough, eventually you are going to end up breaking something vital, and either the program will not run at all, or it will start to act like it is possessed. This behavior can result from a long list of possibilities, including: damaged or corrupted configuration files, damaged or corrupted information stores (PSTs or OSTs), a damaged DLL, or an overwritten Registry key. The list is long, but the point here is that the problem could be in any number of places, perhaps even more than one.

Given the complexities of today's software, it is often not practical—from a time perspective—to look too deeply for the problem. Sometimes it is quicker to just reinstall from your original CD. You could easily spend an hour scouring through Registry keys and configuration files and come up empty-handed; on the other hand, a reinstallation typically takes less than 20 minutes.


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