Outlook 2007 command line switches and a corrupt profile

I came back from holiday to note the following when starting Outlook 2007

“There was a problem reading one or more of your reminders. Some reminders
may not appear.

I tried the outlook /cleanreminders /resetfolders /resettodobar approach but still nothing.


The OUTLOOK profile is corrupt – proved it to myself by creating a new profile and then associating the old pst file with it – started and my todo items are there. Manually recreated the 6 email accounts that I use on that machine – working fine !!

Here is the best list of command line switches I could find for Outlook 2007

Creates an item with the specified file as an attachment.


“c:program filesmicrosoft officeoffice12outlook.exe” /a “c:my documentslabels.doc”

If no item type is specified, IPM.Note is assumed. Cannot be used with message classes that are not based on Outlook.

/altvba otmfilename
Opens the VBA program specified in otmfilename, rather than %appdata%microsoftoutlookvbaproject.otm.

/c messageclass
Creates a new item of the specified message class (Outlook forms or any other valid MAPI form).


/c ipm.activity creates a Journal entry
/c ipm.appointment creates an appointment
/c ipm.contact creates a contact
/c ipm.note creates an e-mail message
/c ipm.stickynote creates a note
/c ipm.task creates a task

Prompts for the default manager of e-mail, news, and contacts.

Deletes any custom category names that you have created. Restores categories to the default names.

Starts Outlook and deletes client-based rules.

Deletes the logging records saved when a manager or a delegate declines a meeting.

Resets all Search Folders in the Microsoft Exchange mailbox for only the first profile opened.

Clears and regenerates free/busy information. This switch can be used only when you are able to connect to the server running Exchange.

Removes invalid profile keys and re-creates default registry keys where applicable.

Clears and regenerates reminders.

All previous roamed preferences are deleted and copied again from the local settings on the computer where this switch is used. This includes the roaming settings for reminders, free/busy grid, working hours, calendar publishing, and RSS rules.

Starts Outlook and deletes client-based and server-based rules.

Starts Outlook and deletes server-based rules.

Removes all RSS, Internet Calendar, and SharePoint subscriptions from Account Settings, but leaves all the previously downloaded content on your computer. This is useful if you are unable to delete one of these subscriptions within Office Outlook 2007.

Overrides the programmatic lockout that determines which of your computers (when running Outlook simultaneously) processes meeting items. The lockout process helps prevent duplicate reminder messages. This switch clears the lockout on the computer it is used, enabling Outlook to process meeting items.

Deletes the subscription messages and properties for subscription features.

Restores default views. All custom views that you created are lost.

Used without command-line parameters for standard OLE co-create.

/f msgfilename
Opens the specified message file (.msg) or Microsoft Office saved search (.oss).

Opens the Advanced Find dialog box.

Starts Outlook as if it were run for the first time.

/hol holfilename
Opens the specified .hol file.

/ical icsfilename
Opens the specified .ics file.

/importprf prffilename
Starts Outlook and opens/imports the defined MAPI profile (*.prf). If Outlook is already open, queues the profile to be imported on the next clean start.

/launchtraininghelp assetid
Opens a Help window with the Help topic specified in assetid displayed.

/m emailname
Provides a way for the user to add an e-mail name to the item. Only works in conjunction with the /c command-line parameter.


Outlook.exe /c ipm.note /m emailname

Starts Outlook without loading outcmd.dat (customized toolbars).

Starts Outlook with extensions turned off, but listed in the Add-In Manager.

Starts Outlook with the Reading Pane off.

/p msgfilename
Prints the specified message (.msg).

/profile profilename
Loads the specified profile. If your profile name contains a space, enclose the profile name in quotation marks (” “).

Opens the Choose Profile dialog box regardless of the Options setting on the Tools menu.

Starts Outlook by using an existing Outlook window, if one exists. Used in combination with /explorer or /folder.

Starts Outlook and and initiates the following commands on the default mailbox:

Upgrades colored For Follow Up flags to Office Outlook 2007 color categories.
Upgrades calendar labels to Office Outlook 2007 color categories.
Adds all categories used on non-mail items into the Master Category List.
Note This is the same command as Upgrade to Color Categories in each Outlook mailbox properties dialog box.

Restores missing folders at the default delivery location.

Resets default folder names (such as Inbox or Sent Items) to default names in the current Office user interface language.

For example, if you first connect to your mailbox in Outlook by using a Russian user interface, the Russian default folder names cannot be renamed. To change the default folder names to another language, such as Japanese or English, you can use this switch to reset the default folder names after you change the user interface language or install a different language version of Outlook.

Empties the form regions cache and reloads the form region definitions from the Windows registry.

Clears and regenerates the Navigation Pane for the current profile.

Resets all Instant Search criteria so that the default set of criteria is shown in each module.

Removes all shared folders from the Navigation Pane.

Clears and regenerates the To-Do Bar task list for the current profile. The To-Do Bar search folder is deleted and re-created.

Opens Outlook and displays the remote procedure call (RPC) connection status dialog box.

Starts Outlook without Microsoft Exchange Client Extensions (ECE), the Reading Pane, or toolbar customizations. Component Object Model (COM) add-ins are turned off.

Starts Outlook with the Reading Pane off.

Starts Outlook with Microsoft Exchange Client Extensions (ECE) turned off, but listed in the Add-In Manager. Component Object Model (COM) add-ins are turned off.

Starts Outlook without loading outcmd.dat (customized toolbars).

/select foldername
Starts Outlook and opens the specified folder in a new window. For example, to open Outlook and display the default calendar, use: “c:program filesmicrosoft officeoffice12outlook.exe” /select outlook:calendar.

/share feed://URL/filename

/share stssync://URL

/share web://URL/filename
Specifies a sharing URL to connect to Outlook. For example, use stssync://URL to connect a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 list to Outlook.

Starts Outlook, forces a detection of new meeting requests in the Inbox, and then adds them to the calendar.

/t oftfilename
Opens the specified .oft file.

/v vcffilename
Opens the specified .vcf file.

/vcal vcsfilename
Opens the specified .vcs file.

/x xnkfilename
Opens the specified .xnk file.