Outlook Express could not e started because msoe.dll could not be found. OE may not be installed correctly

Posted on 2006-05-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
Hi All.

I've found many notes on this problem but none of them seem to solve my problem.

I've serached MS DLL databae I have version 6.0.2900.2905 dated May 11th 2006

I'm running Window XP Home Edition.

I can see under c:\program files\outlook express\msoe.dll that the file exists.

I don't see this dll anywhere else.  The registry is pointing to this file.

I've tried to uninstall outlook express in the Window Settings under the control panel reboot then reinstall and reboot but this doesn't help.

Anyone have any ideas.
Question by:nggmis
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    Accepted Solution

    Greetings, nggmis !


    This behavior can occur because the Windows Address Book is required for Outlook Express to run.
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    To work around this behavior, install the Windows Address Book:
    1.    Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
    2.    Click Add/Remove Programs, click the Windows Setup tab, and then click to select the Address Book check box.
    3.    Click OK, and then click Yes to restart the computer.
    4.    Start Outlook Express.


    Most crashes and failed starts are the result of one or more of OE's *.dbx files being damaged, or being  marked as Read-only. So begin trouble-shooting by verifying none are marked as Read-only.

       1. Close OE and open the store folder in Windows Explorer.
       2. Select all files (Edit| Select All, or CTRL-A), then right-click on any selected file and select Properties. Clear the checkbox for the Read-only attribute.

    3. If no joy, an recent Outlook Express update has caused Address Book not be accessible. The only fix now is to uninstall KB 911567 from Add/Remove Programs > Show Updates, and then disable auto update so that it will not get installed again.

    Best wishes!

    Author Comment

    hey war1!

    Thanks for the message.  I tried all above and couldn't see the 911567 KB installed on this machine.  I then went to MS and re-installed KB911567 so that I could see it in the list of add/remove programs.  Then removed it and presto it worked.

    Looks like the 911567 KB aricle didn't get installed on this machine 100%.

    I got the 911567 patch from this page

    Windows Update wouldn't reinstall the patch even though it hadn't installed all the way.

    If you look at and the "review your update history" this will tell you if the patch installed correctly or not.

    Then follow the first link and get the pach installed so that you can then uninstall it.

    If seems that the msimn.exe file and the msoe.dll file had different versions.  This caused me error.
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    nggmis, if I helped you find the answer, why the C grade. Look at the Grading Guidelines:

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    Author Comment

    because everything you told you found off someone elses web page.

    I found that by myself.

    so you really didn't help

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