Microsoft Outlook is one of the best application to handle day to day emails and any other task. Even though, it is best for managing emails, meetings, etc., but it has some disadvantages i.e. error messages which arise every now and then while working or opening Outlook. And, one such error message is Program failed to update headers. Many Outlook users have encountered this error when they trying to open Outlook after upgradation of Windows OS.
You might have seen a header attached to an email which provides details of where, when and who compose it, etc. In case, you are one among them who have come across Program failed to update headers error, then try out the following techniques-
Fix #1: Disable Antivirus
Sometimes, you might encounter following error due to Antivirus conflicts with Outlook. Hence, disable Antivirus and then try to open Outlook. If still, you get the error, then go to next method.
Fix #2: Install Service Pack
Ensure that you have installed all the updates released for Windows. To keep your Windows up to date, install the recent service pack. Once you get all the recent SP, open your Outlook.
Fix #3: Reconfigure your Firewall
Follow the steps mentioned below to reconfigure firewall:
- Open Run window and type drive letter and path of the firewall software.
- Navigate to the bin directory and type cpconfig and press ENTER
- When Check Point Configuration Tool window is displayed, select the tab in which you want to change the configuration and click OK.
After reconfiguring the firewall, go to Outlook and try to open it. Again got Program failed to update headers error? Then, you have to repair your PST file which might be the cause for the error.
Fix #3: Repair PST File
At times, you will get this error while opening Outlook due to corrupted Outlook data files. There are many reasons due to which your Outlook PST file may get corrupted, such as virus infection, hardware issue, corrupted storage media, etc. Microsoft Outlook itself provides Inbox Repair tool which can be used to repair damaged PST file. Here are the steps to use Inbox Repair tool-
- Go to C Drive and search for Scanpst in Program Files
- After locating Scanpst, double-click on it
- When Inbox Repair Tool appears, select the PST file having problem
- Then, click on Start button
- It scans and displays errors
- Click on Repair button to fix the PST file
It repeatedly scans your PST file to fix the corruption issues. If it fails to fix your PST file, then use reliable PST Repair Software like Remo PST Repair tool to fix the damaged Outlook data file. Moreover, you can use this tool to recover deleted archive folder, tasks, journals, contacts, and other Outlook attributes.
I hope above-mentioned methods will help you to solve the error. If not, then just reinstall your Outlook and open it.