Windows Advisor

Two for Outlook 2007

RSS feeds and calendars produce errors; how to add Outlook 2003 PAB to Outlook 2007 contacts.

Q: I'm using Outlook 2007. My e-mail profiles are working fine but I'm getting errors for my RSS feeds and published calendars. Here are the errors:

  • Task "RSS Feeds" reported error (0x8004010F): "The operation failed.
    An object cannot be found."
  • Task "Published Calendars" reported error (0x8004010F): "The operation failed. An object cannot be found."

Restarting the computer didn't help. How can I get rid of this error?

A: Here's a solution that I've tested on Windows Vista Ultimate running Outlook 2007, but it should also work on other versions of Windows Vista:

  1. Export your RSS feeds in Outlook 2007 by going to File, Import and Export, Export RSS Feeds to an OPML file. Select all the feeds and save them to your hard drive. You'll use this file to import the feeds in a later step.
  2. Close Outlook 2007.
  3. Start Outlook 2007 at the Start, Run by typing "Outlook /cleansharing" (without the quotes).
  4. Go to Tools, Account Settings and on the RSS Feeds tab verify that all your RSS feeds have been cleared. You'll notice that the data from your feeds still exist in the RSS Feeds folder in Outlook. Starting Outlook with the above switch will clear any Internet calendar subscriptions. In addition, it will also clear any subscriptions that you may have to the SharePoint sites.
  5. Delete the RSS Feed data folders in Outlook 2007. For example, if you're subscribing to any feeds from blogs, delete those folders so there are no subfolders left under the RSS Feeds folder.
  6. Wait for several minutes to ensure that everything is synchronized with the Exchange server.
  7. Import the OPML file that was saved in Step 1.
  8. Press F9 to do a Send/Receive All.

Hopefully, this will fix the problem.

Q: How can I add my Personal Address Book (PAB) from Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2007 Contacts?

A: If you've tried to add a Personal Address Book in Outlook 2007, you might have noticed that the option isn't there. This is because Outlook 2007 no longer supports Personal Address Books.

Contacts are much more flexible and offer better customization than the .PAB file, so Microsoft decided to drop .PAB file support in Outlook 2007. This of course means that in Outlook 2007 client, you can neither create nor add a Personal Address Book.

However, you CAN import an existing book into Outlook 2007 and then convert it to Outlook Contacts. Your Contacts list will then be visible in Outlook Address Book.

To import addresses in your old Personal Address Book into the new Outlook 2007, follow this procedure:

  1. Start Outlook 2007.
  2. From the menu, select File and then click Import and Export.
  3. In the Import and Export Wizard, select the option Import from another program or file.
  4. On the Import a File screen, select Personal Address Book.
  5. On the next screen click Browse to locate your .PAB file and then click Next.

If you have multiple locations to choose from -- for example, if you have an Exchange profile and a Personal Storage File (.PST) -- click Change Destination to select the appropriate Contact's list, and then click Finish.

About the Author

Zubair Alexander, MCSE, MCT, MCSA and Microsoft MVP is the founder of SeattlePro Enterprises, an IT training and consulting business. His experience covers a wide range of spectrum: trainer, consultant, systems administrator, security architect, network engineer, author, technical editor, college instructor and public speaker. Zubair holds more than 25 technical certifications and Bachelor of Science degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Information Systems. His Web site, www.techgalaxy.net, is dedicated to technical resources for IT professionals. Zubair may be reached at alexander@techgalaxy.net.

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