MS Outlook > Loading Profile


Microsoft Outlook 365 stuck "Loading Profile" and never starts. Normally, the quickest way to resolve this is to delete the affected profile from Control Panel > Mail > Profiles and then create a new profile (warning: this will delete locally cached email data).

However, in this particular case, even with all the profiles deleted, Outlook was still loading a non-existing ghost profile...


The issue was resolved by deleting the affected profile from registry:

  • Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Profiles
  • Delete the affected profile key.
  • Restart Outlook.

November 2023
Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Outlook 365


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