Invalid dll in Outlook 2003 after clean re-install

  HIT any key 13:29 21 Mar 05

I have done a clean reinstall of everything but I imported setting from my previous setup. When I start OUTLOOK 2003 I get the message '"C:\Documents and Settings\Colin\Application Data\Microsoft\AddIns\C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\OFFICE11\Addins\outbak.dll" is not a valid Office Add-in'.

My document and settings Addins is empty and I have found a copy of outbak.dll on the backup I took before starting and put this in OFFICE11\Addins but I still get the same message.

I have been into OUTLOOK advanced options COM Add-ins and it repeats this message but shows no addins to be removed.

This does not happen on another userid (for which I also imported settings).

I suspect this has to do with either Norton IS 2004 (? Junk mail Filter) or PLAXO - neither of which I want on my clean system.

Can anyone advise how to clean this up

Thanks in advance

  anchor 14:33 21 Mar 05

I have Office 2003, which includes Outlook. The file outbak.dll is on my PC located in:

C:\program files\microsoft office\office 11\addins

Perhaps the location may be different if Outlook is installed as a separate stand-alone programme, and not bundled with Office.

By the way, the file has the same date as when I installed Office about 17 months ago. I have Norton AV 2003 installed; no junk mail filter. My Outlook runs fine.

Don`t know if this information is of any help.

  HIT any key 15:09 21 Mar 05

My Outlook was also installed as part of Office 2003.

From what you say I am guessing that outbak.dll must be some part of Norton.

The problem I have is to know how get rid of this error.

  rawprawn 15:37 21 Mar 05

I may be way off mark here, but have you tried "Detect and Repair in the Help File in Outlook Today.

  Number 7 15:44 21 Mar 05

Found this for Outlook 2000/2002.

It should work for 2003 too.

click here

  anchor 15:53 21 Mar 05

Have you also tried putting a copy of the file in the same location as mine?.

This from Microsoft help should also throw some light on it:

click here

  HIT any key 15:58 21 Mar 05

Thanks for that - that did the trick.

What I don't understand is how that got into the registry with a completely clean install. I guess this must have got set with the restore of system settings.

  anchor 16:16 21 Mar 05

Glad that you problem is resolved. How it got there is one of life's little mysteries.

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