Microsoft Outlook stuck on Loading Profile

If when you launch your Microsoft Outlook desktop client on your Windows PC, it is stuck at the Loading Profile stage, then this post may be able to help you.

Microsoft Outlook stuck on Loading Profile

I was working on my laptop and needed to open a PDF file. Edge being the default PDF file opener, it suddenly sprang to life and – BAM – the next thiing I saw was the IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Stop Error screen and my PC restarted. On restart, when I launched Outlook, I found that it would not go beyond the Loading Profile splash screen. After a while I opened it in Safe Mode, but found that one of my email accounts had no email in it and was displaying an empty folder.

This could happen if your personal Outlook .ost or .pst data files have been corrupted and Outlook is thus unable to load your profile. Anyway, if you are facing this issue, here are a few things you could try.

Outlook stuck on Loading Profile

1] Sometimes restarting the PC and relaunching Outlook may just make the problem go away, so do not take this suggestion lightly, but try it at least onec.

2] If it does not help, launch Outlook in Safe Mode and see if you are able to syn that email account. If you are lucky, it may just work! In case you do not know, to launch Outlook in safe mode, simply hold the CTRL key and double clicking on Outlook icon to run it. Or you could Run outlook /safe command.

3] You may want to repair that Outlook email account and see if that helps you. This process will enable network connection, search for the email account settings and log on to the server to confirm that all is fine.

4] If that does not help, reconnect your Outlook client to and see if that resolves the issue. Basically what you need to do is either create a new Profile or remove that email account from Microsoft Outlook and then recreate it, by following the procedure mentioned in that post.

5] Create a system restore point first and then Run regedit to open The Registry Editor. Navigate to the following key:


This key stores your Outlook profile folders. The default Outlook profile is “Outlook.” Right-click on Outlook and delete it.

Hope something helps. If you have any other suggestions, or a freeware tool that can help, please post your comments.

See these posts if you have other Outlook problems:

  1. Outlook is not responding, has stopped working, freezes or hangs
  2. Unable to access PST File or start Outlook after upgrading to Windows 10
  3. Troubleshoot Microsoft Outlook problems like freezing, corrupt PST, Profile, Add-in, etc.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.