Don’t you just hate it when things are working perfectly well for months and then suddenly and inexplicably, they just quit working? Well Windows Live Mail is no exception to this kind of behavior and in this case, the error you get when you try to launch Windows Live Mail says “Windows Live Mail could not be started, It may not be installed correctly. Make sure that your disk is not full or that you are not out of memory. (0×80041161)”.
Now what’s really frustrating about this (aside from the fact that you can’t get at your email), is that the error message sends you off on a wild goose chase to investigate things that are totally unrelated to the source of the error. By now you’ve probably already confirmed that you’ve got gobs of disk space and so that’s not the problem, and who even knows how you’d determine if you were “out of memory” considering the fact that windows dynamically allocates hard disk space as a substitute for ram memory to increase memory capacity (but that’s a subject for another blog post). Suffice it to say, the likelihood of “running out of memory” on a modern pc running Windows Vista or Windows 7 falls somewhere on the scale between “slim” and “none.”
But I wax geeky, let’s move on to the real reason you’re here which is: How do you fix this error 0×80041161 and get Windows Live Mail running normally again?
No rocket science required! read on for the free step-by-step solution from Geek Housecalls
Solved: Windows Live Mail could not be started, It may not be installed correctly. Make sure that your disk is not full or that you are not out of memory. (0×80041161)
- Click open the windows logo button (the artist formerly known as the Start Button)
- In the search bar at the bottom of the start menu type services and hit enter
- This will open the Component Services window (you may need to approve or give permission to proceed with this action)
- The Component Services window has three columns. At the bottom of the left-hand column, click Services and a long list of services will appear in the middle column.
- Scroll down the list of services in the middle column until you find “Windows Live ID sign-in assistant” then double-click to open it.
- Where it offers Startup type, if you see “Disabled” or “Manual”, click on that field and choose “Automatic” (if it was already set to Automatic, then you are suffering a more complicated problem that’s not addressed by this article, sorry)
- Click the Apply button then click OK and also close the Component Services window.
- Now go ahead and fire up Windows Live Mail and you should be good!
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