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Last night I opted to install a major update to Windows 10. This took over an hour to install with several restarts. After the update I noticed that the search function in Outlook 2013 wasn't working, but by checking with Search Tools I found that the index was being slowly rebuilt, so I left the computer running with Outlook open. Coming back to the PC nine hours later, I found this message on a small window in front of Outlook: 'We're sorry, but Outlook has run into an error that is preventing it from working correctly. Outlook will need to be closed as a result. Would you like us to repair now?' There are three buttons: Repair Now (pre-selected), Help and Close. Clicking on Repair closes Outlook; clicking on Help takes one to a Microsoft Office forum, on which only account-holders may ask a question; and Close closes Outlook. Clicking on the x at top right of the small window closes Outlook too. Re-opening Outlook produces the same small window in front of Outlook, and the Outlook screen does not respond to clicks anywhere. I have Avast free anti-virus running.

I have run Offcat and the report says there are five warnings. Two appear under 'Application not responding' and the same two appear under 'Slowness'. Here are the details of the first:

Severity: Warning

Title: Outlook is slow to close due to the RequireShutdownNotification registry value (under HKLM)

Description: RequireShutdownNotification=1 for the 'avast.AsOutExt' add-in under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\Addins\avast.AsOutExt hive in the registry. This may cause slower shutdowns of Outlook.

Click the 'Click here ...' link for details on this setting.

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and of the second:

Severity: Warning

Title: Outlook is slow to close due to the RequireShutdownNotification registry value (under Wow6432Node)

Description: RequireShutdownNotification=1 for the 'avast.AsOutExt' add-in under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\Outlook\Addins\avast.AsOutExt hive in the registry. This may cause slower shutdowns of Outlook.

Click the 'Click here ...' link for details on this setting.

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The third (or fifth) warning appears under 'Information Rights Management'. Here are the details:

Severity: Warning

Title: Information Rights Management functionality is not available

Description: You have installed. It does not support the Information Rights Management feature.

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Please can you advise? Should I simply click on Repair and wait a while before restarting Outlook? The same message appears if I try to open Word or Excel or PowerPoint.
Date: Oct 11, 2017   


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