1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

Solved: Starting Outlook during system startup

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by andynic, May 25, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. andynic

    andynic Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Messages:
    300
    Since I have the system some 3 years, this has worked correctly for me by putting a shortcut in:
    C:\Documents and Settings\User\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.
    For some unknown reason, the shortuct disappeared.
    Now when I try to move a shortcut there, it just vanishes.
    Any clues as to what may be causing this?
    Thanks very much for your help.
    Andy Nicastro
     
  2. etaf

    etaf Wayne Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2003
    Messages:
    55,933
    can you describe the exact steps you take to make the shortcut and how you copy it there
     
  3. andynic

    andynic Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Messages:
    300
    Hi Etaf,
    Thanks for your reply.
    1. I go to Start, right click on the icon for Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, select "send to" and then "Desktop (create shorcut)".
    2. I go to the desktop, open "My Computer" and eventually C:\Documents and Settings\User\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    3. I drag the icon from the desktop to the directory named in 2.
    The icon vanishes.
    Now this is really weird:
    In order to check the steps above, I repeated them, but this time I had the recycle bin open and had emptied it. Then I repeated steps 1 to 3 and the icon remains.
    I'm now going to reboot and see what happens. Will post the results.
    Hmmmmm... Windows strikes again!
    Andy
     
  4. andynic

    andynic Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Messages:
    300
    Hi Etaf,
    Outlook did not start, and the icon is no longer in the directory named in (2) in the previous post.
    Thanks for your help.
    Andy
     
  5. andynic

    andynic Thread Starter

    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Messages:
    300
    Hi Etaf,
    Prompted by your question, I seem to have solved the problem but don't understand what's going on:
    Solution:
    I went to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11 and created a short cut (send to desktop) of the OUTLOOK.EXE executable. I then dragged this into the directory named in step 2 of the second post above. This icon stayed. I then restarted the system and Outlook started. :).
    What I don't understand is that I could swear (but memory does play tricks) that I had created the icon three years ago as described in steps 1 to 3 of the second post.
    Also what I don't understand is why auto-start of Outlook has always worked and then suddently Windows "took it into its head" to remove the icon from the auto-startup directory.
    If you have an explanation, I'd like to know.
    In any case, thanks for your help.
    Andy
     
  6. etaf

    etaf Wayne Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2003
    Messages:
    55,933
    I think and Explanation and Windows is an oxymoron :)

    so sorry i have no idea why this does not work - perhaps a shortcut to a shortcut maybe an issue - But have done - I think - what you have done

    anyways - its all working now - so thats good

    you can mark the thread solved - by using thread tools
     
  7. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/577016