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Article ID: 166898

Article Last Modified on 5/28/2007


  • Microsoft Outlook 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q166898


Corruption of the password list file (PWL) causes a number of Microsoft Outlook 97 problems. Rebuilding the PWL by deleting or renaming it often resolves these problems. After installing the Microsoft Windows 95 Service Pack 1, password list files can become damaged even after you remove them and they are re-created automatically. To resolve this issue, run the Windows 95 Password List Update program (Mspwlupd.exe) to repair the existing PWL file.


How to Rebuild Your PWL File

The PWL file is usually located in the Windows folder with the name <Username>.pwl, where <Username> is the name you use to log on. After you delete or rename the file, restart Windows. The file is re-created automatically when you log on to Windows.

NOTE: If you are using a personal certificate, you should export it before renaming your .pwl file. If you do not do so, it may be unavailable when you send e-mail. For more information, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

190296 Unable to Use Personal Certificates in Outlook Express


For more information on this subject, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

151708 XCLN: Page Fault in Mprexe.exe When Starting Client

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