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How to Install Outlook Connector in Outlook 2010

I had installed Office 2010 last week, and the Outlook Connector installed just fine. When I reformatted and reinstalled Windows 7 over the weekend and then installed Office 2010 and got the same error I’ve been reading about all over the internet. A good number of people are saying they try to install it and get this error message:

You should have Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010 installed for the connector.

This was driving me nuts, until I figured it out: Last week, when it worked, I had Outlook 2007 installed, and didn’t after reformatting.

So, I installed a trial of Office 2007, and it worked! Just install Outlook 2007, which you can get here in Office Standard and don’t bother to enter a product key. Create the Hotmail account in Office 2010, it’ll download and install the proper version of Outlook Connector automatically, restart Outlook, and you’re done. Uninstall Outlook 2007 when you’re done.

Thank god I got this to work. It was driving me nuts!

July 21st, 2009 Posted by | Applications, Office, Outlook | 5 comments

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  1. my god, over 18 months since the last post. where have you been Nathan?

    Comment by jamie Thomson | July 22, 2009

  2. I honestly thought you were dead and nobody you really knew you were a blogger so they did not mind telling us about it.

    And now you start off a blog again like you have been blogging. way to go!

    Comment by Anas | July 28, 2009

  3. Well, I’ve been working and extremely busy, and have terribly neglected this place. I really miss the old blog, but just have not found the time to do it like I should. However, I had figured this out, after scouring forums for an answer, so I figured I’d post it here and give the forums the solution they needed.

    Comment by Nathan Weinberg | July 28, 2009

  4. Hey Nathan, this solution is not functional with 64 bit. I keep getting an error message that since 32 bit outlook was installed, I need to install the 32 bit outlook connector. For clarity sacke, I installed office 2010 64 bit, then followed your instructions, but since there in no 64 bit office 2007, you have to install the 32 bit version.
    Low and behold your solution does not work???

    Comment by mthayes | July 31, 2009

  5. Nathan,

    Welcome back. I’ve never commented on your blog before but your return has prompted me to do so. I saw this video and wondered if it was connected with your absence. You are not Dirtybuccaneer99 are you?:

    Comment by Ashley | August 3, 2009

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