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Thread: Outlook 2003 running Slow on pop3 why?

  1. #1
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    Jun 2008

    Outlook 2003 running Slow on pop3 why?

    I want to know about my Outlook 2003 performance it is working really very slow. I have P4 & 1gb ram. I am using pop3 mail account. each command or even a simple scroll works very slow why is it so do I have to scan my system?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Re: Outlook 2003 running Slow on pop3 why?

    I have same problem i did this things

    Cleared out temp Internet files in the browser
    Archeive everything that older than two weeks
    Defrag my hard drive (only 40% full, so that's not it)
    Save the task order
    Run in cashe mode in Outlook (but this occurs when I'm not hooked up to the company's network, so it's a PC issue rather than network)

    But no luck. Any suggestions?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Re: Outlook 2003 running Slow on pop3 why?

    Have you tried disabling any add-ins you might have? Does your task manager give any clues (high utilization by outlook or some other process)?
    I just read an article where they stated that the biggest biggest cause of poor performance (on the client side) is *total* number of items in your default folders... not overall file size. For what it's worth.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2008

    Re: Outlook 2003 running Slow on pop3 why?

    I had same problem with Outlook 2003
    My .past file was quite large 1+gig, so I have archived that and created a new one.
    it seems to be running fine now!

  5. #5
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    Jun 2008

    Re: Outlook 2003 running Slow on pop3 why?

    The delay in opening the program is due to Outlook trying to make sense of the pst file.
    If the personal folder is the default delivery location, create a new pst so your email can start working again. Search your hdd for scanpst.exe (should be installed as part of Office) and run the program against the original pst.
    If it is as large as you say, prepare for a long wait and use the 'Make a backup option'!

    In future, don't let your pst file get over 1.8gb max. Just create new pst's as and when required and move some folders around.

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