Mail (outlook 2013) setup in control panel will not open on Surface Pro 2

I've been trying to configure my outlook to connect with my work exchange account. I'm unable to do so through the outlook 2013 program and clicking on the control panel/mail (outlook 2013) (32 bit) icon brings up no window to configure an account. I managed to get my exchange account set up in the mail app but I'm not interested in using the mail app when i should be able to utilize all the functionality of outlook.

I tried uninstalling office 365 and the mail app thinking i'd clean install the 64-bit version of office but to no avail. Looks like the preloaded office 13 cannot be uninstalled. This is driving me crazy. Every other program I have had zero issues with; autocad, revit, adobe suite, everything runs perfect. I just want to get my outlook all set up so i can continue to rant and rave about this beautiful tablet to my less fortunate friends. Please advise!

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Ok so here's what finally solved this strange problem for me:

PROBLEMS

  • Unable to configure an account through outlook. Given the error  "A new Microsoft Exchange account cannot be manually configure while Outlook is running.  To add a manually configured Account Exit Outlook.  In Control Panel, Open Mail, and then click E-mail Accounts."
  • Clicking the mail (outlook 2013)(32 bit) icon would not bring up the menu to configure any accounts or profiles.
  • Office would not uninstall! Even after uninstalling all office programs and apps I could still open up the entire office suite. Neither the programs and features uninstall list nor the apps list showed anything office related.

SOLUTION

  1. Found a thread that said to use this microsoft fix it utility to uninstall Office: Scoll down a little and click the microsoft fixit icon with the blue hat holding a wrench, run this program once it finishes downloading.
  2. Download the Office 365 installer from your account page and reinstall. VOILA
After this i was able to configure mail accounts and profiles just fine through the control panel

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Thanks for checking this Dominic. Let me know how it goes. We're also updating the KB with this info, but if you already have a profile and just need to add an account, you can do that in Outlook > File > Account.

Thanks again for your feedback. I'll update this post when I have more info.

Anahita

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