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How do I create Outlook email using VB .NET if Outlook is already open?

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I would like to create an email in Outlook from my VB .net application. My code works fine if Outlook is closed but throws an error if Outlook is already open.

Imports Outlook = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook

Dim olApp As Outlook.Application = New Outlook.Application (works OK if Outlook is closed but throws error if Outlook is already open)

ERROR (if Outlook is already open):
Retrieving the COM class factory for component with CLSID {0006F03A-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} failed due to the following error: 80080005 Server execution failed (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80080005 (CO_E_SERVER_EXEC_FAILURE)).

If I use the CreateObject method save result (it works only if Outlook is not running)

olApp = CType(CreateObject("OUTLOOK.Application"), Outlook.Application)

ERROR (if Outlook is already open):
Cannot create ActiveX component.

How can I create an Outlook email if Outlook is already open? (My app already gives the user the choices to send mail via SMTP and Default Mail but I also want to give the user the option to use Outlook too.)

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Question by:CarlK
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by:IanTh
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hmm

hope this points in the right direction

http://www.serverwatch.com/tutorials/article.php/1474711/Send-E-mail-Using-Microsoft-Outlook-Automation.htm

as in his intro he says it chaecks if poutlook is open or not so he some code that achieves what your trying to do
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by:CarlK
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Thanks, but the GetObject does not work either.

With Outlook OPEN already the line;

olApp = CType(GetObject("", "Outlook.application"), Outlook.Application)

throws a "Cannot create ActiveX component." error.

Perhaps the GetObject/CreateObject methods works differently for Windows 7 and/or Office 2010 because there are many many articles like the one you referenced which show the GetObject and CreateObject as the way to open Outlook, yet if fails for me.
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by:CarlK
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Sorry, If you read the entire thread you'll see that it did not fix the user's problem.
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by:dailypcguy
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Office 32 or 64bit?
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by:CarlK
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Windows 7 64 bit, Office 2010 32 bit
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by:CarlK
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Okay so here's what I have discovered. In all my previous test I was running my app in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE. The GetObject method doesn't work as expected. If I build the project and run it as a stand alone app (EXE file) the code works fine.  

This code work in the compiled executable

Dim olApp As Outlook.Application = Nothing
  Try
       'try to use existing instance of Outlook
       olApp = CType(GetObject("", "Outlook.application"), Outlook.Application)
   Catch ex As Exception
        'Outlook is not running. Create a new instance
        Try
           olApp = CType(CreateObject("OUTLOOK.Application"), Outlook.Application)
         Catch exc As Exception
            strErrMsg = "Outlook Send mail Error." + vbCrLf + vbCrLf
            strErrMsg += ex.Message
            GoTo sub_Exit
         End Try
   End Try
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cstaff16 earned 500 total points
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I was encountering the same issue in an App and figured out what was causing it.
On a Vista/Win 7 machine if you have UAC turned on and your process is started with elevated privilages (Run as Administrator), but outlook is started normal (without Run as Administrator), then you cannot CoCreate an instance of it.  The only solution we came up with was to run both at the same level or turn of UAC if that is an option.
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