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March 3, 2011


Delete Outlook Profile from registry

You may need a quick way to remove an Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2003 profile or two from a desktop computer running Windows XP or Windows Vista. Although you can access the email profiles through the Mail control panel application, another method to completely remove the profiles or in case for whatever reason the Mail control panel applet does startup or work properly (might hang at startup, prompt for a password, take long to timeout while loading bad information).

Windows stores the registry settings for Outlook profiles in the following location.

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\{user id}


  • jp

    Thanks for the tip, it helped a lot

  • Mike

    Thanks for this, we lock users out of the Control Panel, so it was impossible to remove an Outlook profile without either changing active directory policy or rebuilding the whole Windows profile. This saves a lot of hassle.

    • Lucas

      glad i could help :)

    • Dwhitney

      Yes, likewise! VERY helpful! :)

  • Dolfrommel

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  • Pavankumar278575

    good post.very helpful

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  • Alienontherun


    Can you let me know the path on Windows 8, as I can’t find Windows Messaging SubsystemProfiles{user id} in HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrent Version.

    • Brett van Gennip

      Typically with any registry edit, if it is not found under the default above key, i look for things under the HKCUSoftwarewow6432node

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  • reetveter

    well i did need to read it thanks big time it worked great groeten uit brabant!

  • Brett van Gennip

    thanks it worked

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