Outlook Error 0X80042108 – Fix Microsoft Error 0x80042108

Receiving Microsoft Outlook Error 0x80042108? When trying to access your Outlook email account you may receive "error 0x80042108. Outlook is unable to connect to your POP3 server".

If you receive this error it may occur for the following reasons:

  • You are not connected to the Internet or a network, or your e-mail server is temporarily unavailable.
  • Your account settings are not correct.
  • Your user profile in Outlook is damaged.
  • An e-mail item on your POP3 server is damaged.
  • The configuration of your anti virus software is incorrect.
  • Outlook Express was removed from the computer or the installation is damaged.
  • The configuration of your personal firewall software is incorrect.

You can try to narrow down and fix this error by:

  • Making sure your network connection hasn't dropped.
  • Double checking that your email account settings are correct.
  • Recreating your Outlook profile in case it is damaged.
  • Logging into your email account through web based interface and looking for damaged emails.
  • Checking to see if your anti virus software is blocking email access.
  • Looking to see if Outlook Express was removed or possibly corrupted.
  • Checking your firewall settings, making sure your firewall is not blocking email access.

Outlook Error 0x80042108

Simply rebooting the computer may clear that error. Starting Outlook in safe mode by the outlook.exe /safe command should allow you to get into your email. Looking for and stopping any duplicate Outlook.exe processes is another possibility.

Finally, booting the computer in safe mode and disabling any third party software ie. anti virus or firewall and then opening Outlook to narrow down the culprit. You can read more information about this error and full solution descriptions at the following Microsoft page.


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