Tips to Fix Outlook Error ‘Unknown Error 0x80040201″

26 Jul

For effective e-mail communication, operations such as sending and receiving plays quite an important role. Without such operations, your mail cannot be send and mail that other person is sending cannot be received. Many times, this problem is faced by you. Have you ever think what is the reason behind it? Reason for such abrupt behavior is the corruption of PST file. Corrupt PST file not allows you to use Outlook application and makes you enable to perform e-mail operations. To avoid such situation, you can use inbuilt methods. If you are not satisfied with the results, then it is better to go for a third party Outlook PST repair tools. Such tools repair PST file and provides you corruption free Outlook application.

To clearly understand above issue, suppose when you make an attempt to send an e-mail message in MS-Outlook 2003, that is assembled to use an IMAP account. It fails to send and throws an error message for you that is:

“Sending reported error (0x80040201): ‘Unknown Error 0x80040201.”

In performing other e-mail operations also you face difficulties or same error message.


The primary reason for the occurrence of above error message is the corruption of PST file. Corruption occurs when PST file crosses or exceeds the size limitation, unexpected or inappropriate system shutdown also results in corruption. Some other reasons are too responsible for PST file corruption.


To sort out the above issue, and to repair Outlook PST file. You have to follow the below steps:

  • Create a new Outlook PST file. Follow the below steps:
  1. Exit Outlook.
  2. Select Start >> Control Panel. If it is not in a classic view, switch it to classic view, and then open Mail icon.
  3. 3.      Select Show Profiles and then select Add. Enter a descriptive name for the new profile in the profile name box, and then select OK.
  4. Select “Add a new e-mail account” in the E-mail Accounts dialog box, and then select Next.
  5. Chooseaexpected e-mail account server type, and then select Next.
  6. Fill all the information as displayed and then select Next and finish as needed.
  7. Select the “Prompt for a profile to be used” option and then select OK.
  8. 8.      Restart Outlook and choose a new profile.

In addition to above steps, you have an option of an inbuilt Inbox repair tool. This is a tool that is used to perform PST file repair. But due to its limited functionality the tool sometimes fail to repair Outlook PST file. You can also go for a 2 GB truncation utility that is used to first truncate the file and then repair it. Therefore, it is recommended to make use of a third party Outlook PST Repair tools. Such tools perform Outlook PST repair quite well. For using these tools, you do not have to be from a technical background.

Outlook PST Repair is a self introductory tool that is used to repair PST files. Mail-items, such as contacts, attachments, appointments, journal, tasks, events, and calendar-entries get easily recovered.


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