Outlook is taking over my computer

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  1. djsfantasi

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    I am running Windows 7 on this particular computer, and I'm seeing strange behavior with Outlook and some other j-random app, such as Windows Explorer. If I click on "minimize window" in an app other than Outlook, then an Outlook drop down list appears!

    If I restart Outlook, the problem goes away - for a while.

    Huh?
     
  2. joeyd999

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    At the risk of drawing the wrath of the Redmond faithful, I shall refrain from commenting.
     
  3. djsfantasi

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    I knew you'd be the first to reply.
     
  4. joeyd999

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    Only because I think my evangelism is helpful.

    Really, download a live install of Ubuntu and try it out. It won't hurt anything and, if you choose to install it, you could keep your Windows as a dual boot or run it from a virtual machine within Linux.

    Edit: As an alternative, why not try Mozilla Thunderbird?
     
  5. djsfantasi

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    I've run Ubuntu. And SLES. And Debian. And... However, it is my job to support Windoze users in corporate America. Hence, I use what I have to use! And normally, as a part of my career I have NO problems. This ruins the record. Now it's only .0001% problem-free. ;)
     
  6. joeyd999

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    Ahhh! Job security at its finest. Good luck.
     
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    WarGames come true.
     
  8. ian field

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    Recently I installed Mint, purely to overwrite the mess left when W10 committed suicide.

    There's a spare hard drive laying about, so I might do an install of Mint to keep next to the PC for the next emergency.
     
  9. eetech00

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    Which drop down list? A little more specificity (if there is such a word:p) please? :D
     
  10. djsfantasi

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    One of the Outlook drop down lists. Not any specific one..,
     
  11. tom_s

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    cross linked files?

    i'd do a chkdsk on the drive
     
  12. djsfantasi

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    chkdsk ran fine - reported no problems. However, something new arose today. I received a low memory error. I see more memory or a new laptop in my future.
     
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  13. tom_s

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    i assume your familiar with the usual ms fixes? you didn't mention what version of outlook?

    i'd be doing a (1) scanpst.exe on it and (2) compacting the data file, that gets rid of the emails you think you've deleted.

    restart outlook and see if the problem persists.

    and how old the hardware?
     
  14. djsfantasi

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    Yes, Outlook 2013, did it, compacted, and yes it does.

    I'm not the original owner, so I don't know how old the Lenovo T440 is...

    Since I got the low memory error message, I am a) creating a larger, contiguous pagefile and b) upgrading from 4Gb to 12Gb of RAM.

    Also considering upgrading to Windows 10 (I have already done so on my personal laptop.)
     
  15. eetech00

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    Maybe the pagefile is corrupt. You might try deleting the pagefile (safe mode cmd prompt, as administrator) then let the system re-create it on boot, or run a memory test.
     
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