Outlook 2003: Can’t Create File

Just as we’re about to replace the last of our Acer notebooks with XP/Office 2003 SOE we came across this odd error in Outlook 2003 when opening an attachment.


This is a file that’s emailed to Staff almost daily and without problems until this cropped up, seemingly for no reason.

After a little bit of homework, we found that it could be a problem with temporary files and had to check the path for temp files in Outlook via the registry.


When we checked the path Outlook was using for temp files, we were horrified to see this


The Can’t Create File: STUABSD.rtf hit us because Outlook, or probably Windows Explorer, couldn’t create a temp file called STUABSD (100).rtf.

Deleting the temp files cleared up the error straight away