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And while this is happening every other program has to wait until it's finished. For instance if I try to run Explorer nothing happens until Outlook is finished then Explorer starts.
I can't say I've noticed anything this extreme before. I run a firewall, anti-virus and ad-aware. No reports there...
It's Outlook 2000, any ideas?
It's also possible, but unlikely, that a hard disk failure is imminent, or there's a sector failing. A scandisk (with surface scan) might be appropriate.
Also consider testing (offline) without antivirus/firewall - total uninstall and restart is best.
While I understand the pst filesize limitation the newer version of Outlook overcomes, might I expect this problem to subside? It would seem contrary, for if I maintain a larger pst would there not be more information to access and therefore even longer delays?
It would seem contrary, for if I maintain a larger pst would there not be more information to access and therefore even longer delays?
The problem I mentioned earlier with PST files is for files over2GB. You're under that, right? There are ways to use AutoArchive to keep your PST well under the limit if you don't want to upgrade.
You might want to try creating a new PST and see whether the excessive resource hogging is still an issue. I used to keep a very svelte PST in Outlook 2K of only a few hundred MB as my main PST and then keep open my archive PST files at the same time so that I could access all of my mail.
Once I applied 'Flag all as read' on a folder by folder basis - BAM! - now about 10 secs to initalize Outlook.
Thanks for all your input folks.