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Outlook.exe continues to run after File>Exit.

Running Outlook 2003 on WinXP.

I leave my PC on throughout the night every day in order to backup all my files. I often have an issue with my Outlook PST file not being backed up. This happens most ofent when I quit Outlook (File > Exit), but the app continues to run in the background. I know this the next morning when I see the Outlook bk has been unsuccessful. When I CTL + ALT + Del I see Outlook.exe still running in the Windows Task Manger. I am reluctant to use the End Process fuction in Task Manager because I always get a warning that closing an application using End Process can cause data loss.

Can any one suggest a method of quitting Outlook that will ensure that Outlook.exe does not continue to run in the background.
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You can end process in Task Manager without data loss.  But it is better to close the program by File > Exit.

When Outlook Cannot Close
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Office.

For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

OL2000: Outlook Process Still Running After Clicking Exit and Log Off When Custom Form Is Copied in Category View

OUTLOOK.EXE continues running after you exit Outlook ...
This occurs when Outlook 2000 is used to open your mailbox after accessing it using Outlook 2003 and you do File > Exit

Outlook can't close properly if another application is accessing Outlook's message store.
      sometimes it happen cuz of the Add-ins like anti-spyware, antivirus or antiSPAM type of softwares

u can check Extra Add-ins from Outlook -
Tools > Options > Others > Advanced Options > Click on Add-in Manager
CHECK and remove unwanted add-ins - this may help ....

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Thanks, war1
OK, I am on OUTLOOK 2008 and the menus have all changed. If you go to Tools -> Trust Center (not very intuitive IMHO)  --> Add-Ins then go to the bottom of that window and Manage COM Add-ins (GO) you will see a list of all your add-ins. I unchecked each one until I found the one (or two) that were causing OUTLOOK.EXE to remain running after I closed the window, and it is all working just fine.  I hope this helps the OUTLOOK 2008 folks..

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