DoCmd.SendObject error

Posted on 2001-09-13
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
When using sendobject my code for some reason gives me this error

Run time error 2287 % can't open the mail session

This is only occuring on one of the 5 machines I have installed it on.
So far the things I have tried are making sure outlook express is the default mail program (has to be to work properly)
A microsoft KB article said something about the registry but I have ruled that one out by installing on a 6th machine.

I am completly stuck on this one so any help would be appreciated. I am using Access 2000 if anyone wanted to know and it is installed on a WinME machine.

Just to reiterate my code works fine sending the email on 5 other machines so it is not the code that is wrong but something to do with the setup of the machine.


Question by:ph0bia
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Accepted Solution

gallaghe earned 50 total points
ID: 6490508
If you want to send an email from MS-Access


Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" _
   (ByVal hwnd As Long, _
   ByVal lpOperation As String, _
   ByVal lpFile As String, _
   ByVal lpParameters As String, _
   ByVal lpDirectory As String, ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long

Private Sub Command1_Click()
   If ShellExecute(Me.hwnd, "open", _
                   "" & _
                   "?Subject=Learning how to get rid of first body line" & _
                   "&cc=Goofy" & _
                   "&bcc=Dilbert" & _
                   "&body="Your message goes here.", _
                   vbNullString, _
                   vbNullString, _
                   SW_SHOWNORMAL) <= 32 Then
      MsgBox "Some error message"
   End If
End Sub

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Author Comment

ID: 6490571
I'd rather not change any of my code because the system is already being run on 5 other machines in the company. I want to try and get it to work like the others on this one machine. It runs fine on Win98, WinNT and on one WinME box.... just not this one!

Expert Comment

ID: 6490606
ShellExecute is non-discriminatory as oppose to SendObject, you might consider it rather then getting the broken one to work.

Expert Comment

ID: 7354918
I had the same problem and found the Run time error 2287 caused by the [Mail] setting in win.ini file

An NT box was missing variables that caused Run time error 2287 % can't open the mail session, whilst another WinMe machine was fine

The faulty machine win.ini had the follwoing entry

The working machine win.ini file looked like


As soon as I changed the win.ini file the problem was fixed.

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