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Is this a HP machine?
Did it have any other security application prior to McAfee?
No, it is a Dell Inspiron E1505
Let's try to open Outlook in safe mode
to do so
type outlook.exe /safemode and hit enter
now close all the PSTs and close OUTlook
re-open outlook normally and then import the PST again
Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. The command line argument is not valid. Verify the switch you are using.
I am using Office 2007 if it matters any. I am having this problem with any program I use. Word Outlook, Excel, Streets & Trips, all programs seem to have the problem that "another program has locked the file" and I can not save/Edit while real time protection is on.
oops... try type outlook.exe /safe
Cannot start Microsoft Office outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window. The set of folders cannot be opened.
It will stay this way until I turn off real time scanning and reboot the computer.
Ok, from the lack of useful information it looks like I remove all McAfee products from the computer and find something that works without all the problems.
I had the same problem starting around 3/15/09. In my case, only Office 2007 files stored on a network drive were affected. I am running Vista Home Premium.
I could open an Office 2007 file from the network drive if it hadn't been touched since before the McAfee update. However, I would get a "file in use" error when I tried to save the file back to the network drive. Once the file was opened and closed, it could no longer be opened, moved, or copied because of a "file in use" error.
These issues apply only to MS Office 2007 files - all others work fine.
After much frustration and experimenting, I found a workaround that seems to fix:
Disable real-time scanning of network drives
It appears that an update issued sometime around 3/15/09 does bad things to Office 2007 files. It looks like a temp file is being created by something other than Office (McAfee?) when the file is opened and not being released/deleted. It's not possible to delete the temp file, even as an administrator. The temp filenames are of the form: 2F4ABDD.tmp
Hope this helps someone.
I found the solution. I deleted McAfee.