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Microsoft KB Archive/171466

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OL97: Dr. Watson Error Corrected by Creating a New Profile

Article ID: 171466

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Outlook 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171466

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When starting Microsoft Outlook, Dr. Watson may generate the following error:

Access violation (0xc0000005), address: 0x6c8a76b0


This may be caused by a damaged profile.


Create a new profile. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. If it is running, quit Outlook.
  2. In Control Panel, double-click the Mail And Fax icon or the Mail icon.
  3. Make a note of the services that make up the current profile.
  4. Click Show Profiles and click Add to add a new profile.
  5. Follow the Inbox Setup Wizard to create a new profile with the same services you noted in step 3.
  6. After clicking the Finish button in the wizard, set the newly added profile to be the default profile by selecting it where it says "When Starting Microsoft Windows Messaging, use this."
  7. Click Close.

You should now be able to successfully start Outlook.

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