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Windows 7: Outlook 2000 on Win7

04 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit SP1
Outlook 2000 on Win7

Has any successfully got Outlook 2000 running on Windows 7? When I try to import my pst contacts I get an error:

the messaging interface has returned an unknown error. If the problem persists restart outlook.

Does anyone know whats going on and if there is a solution on Windows 7?

Kind Regards


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05 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Unfortunately, there are compatibility problems - Windows 7 Compatibility for Outlook 2000: Drivers, Updates, Downloads

This might be worth a try:

When you install, instead of double clicking on the install file, right-click it and select "Troubleshoot Compatibility".

Then click "Try Recommended Settings" and in the next windows click "Start the Program" to install it.

After it installs see if it works correctly.
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07 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit SP1

Irene, thanks for your reply. I have tried installing and running in XP SP2 compatibility. It runs and can syncronise mail but the problem is only when trying to import my pst contact list. It may be a Win 7 issue or possibly another issue. I have heard that some have got Outlook running on Windows 7 so thats what gave me hope. Unfortunately it will cost me $300 to upgrade to an office suite that includes Outlook 2010. Actually I only need it to manage my pst contact list. If there were alternatives I would consider that. After exhausting all other possibilities I may install it in XP virtualisation mode although that will slow down my older p4 a bit.

Kind Regards

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13 Dec 2010   #4

Windows XP Pro SP3

Hi Chris. Instead of trying to import your PST, try this instead:

In Outlook 2000, export your contacts to a Comma Separated Value (Windows) file. In Outlook 2010, import that file for your contacts. That should work.
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