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Resolving ‘an extension failed to initialize can’t open extend.dat’ error
Outlook is one of the advanced email program and does serve several other functionalities viz. that of contact manager, manages calendar & schedules, notes & task records etc and many alike. With time new versions came up & were all advanced with enhancement in features making it more reliable & secure. Yet, issues do occur & the fact cannot be denied, this may be out of problems that arise in application after considerable time of use, error due to improper operation & others.
So, in an instance as such users of Microsoft Outlook email program may observe the following error message on screen when outlook loads or you try to open new mails –
“ An extension failed to initialize. Can't open file: extend.dat. The file may not exist, you may not have permission to open it, or it may be open in another program . “
The error is found to be most disturbing for users and would not allow you access emails from personal folder PST files till the appropriate solution for the error is implemented.
As reported in the error message this very issue takes place due to problems with outlook application files, without which application may not load or get its essential task done. This is why the ‘can t open file extend.dat' error is required to be fixed at the earliest.
How to fix error ‘an extension failed to initialize extend.dat'?
Before proceeding with steps to fix the very error, Microsoft outlook should be closed.
Thereafter from ‘My computer' options select ‘explore'
From the ‘Tools' menu go to ‘folder options, now click ‘view' tab and select the ‘show hidden files & folder' option press OK.
In ‘Documents & settings' folder, select the user corresponding folder
After that, open ‘local settings' folder and ‘application data' folder -> folder ‘Microsoft -> outlook folder. Here locate ‘extend.dat file and rename it to extend.old
Reopen Outlook and a new extend.dat file will be created by the application that fixes the error taking place
For situations the issue remains unresolved, outlook has to be reinstalled so that new files replaces the damaged & corrupt one. Following this Inbox repair tool, scanpst.exe or the Outlook PST repair tool used for scanning & fixing the corrupt PST file.
User Guide : How To Use Outlook Repair Software
Step:1 The home screen of the software hastwo options –'Select Outlook File' and 'Find Outlook File.' If you know the exact location of PST file, click 'Select Outlook File' elseclick 'Find Outlook File'to locate the PST file.
Step:2 Search the drive location from the'Look in' dropdownwhere the PST file could be stored and click 'Look in' button.
Step:3 The software will search for the PST files in each folder and subfolder in the drive.Itwill display all the PST files inthe 'Find Results' section. Select the PST file which you wish to repair and click 'Start'.
Step:4 Once the PST file has been selected, click 'Scan Now' button to initiate the repair process. The time to complete the job depends on the size of PST or the level of corruption in PST file.
Step:5 In the Outlook mail preview window, all the repaired PST file items (folders) will be shown in left side tree. You can browse and check every item of the mailbox by selecting the folder.
Step:6 Select any folder which you want to recover and click 'Saved Repaired File' button from the File menu. Select saving format as PST from the multiple saving options and browse the location where you want to save the recovered PST file. Click 'OK' to initiate the process.
Step:7 The process bar display the current status of saving file.
Step:8 File has been saved at the desired location.
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