Cannot open/edit .oft files



Help Please,

I just got a new computer at work and my Outlook template files will not
open. This computer doesn't seem to reconize .oft files as Outlook templates.

I can create a new template, but once I save and close it, I can not open it
and I get the following error message.


OK, I think I've find what caused the problem.

My new computer has Office 2003 installed.
I needed MS Access 2000
I installed Office 2000 (for some reason, I couldn't just install Access by

When I restored my system back to the state it was in before the Office 2000
installation, Outlook reconized the .oft files and everything works.

However, I DO need Access 2000.


I've solved it.

I installed Access 2000 then
I reinstalled Office 2003

Everything works now and my .oft files can be opened in Outlook 2003
Oct 1, 2009
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Thank you for posting your issue!

It's such a coincidence that I also loaded Access 2000 on my computer that runs Office 2003!

Suddenly, my Outlook templates weren't working and it left me confused!

Again, thank you for saving my sanity!

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