Error 0x80041161 is a windows live mail error which comes up when your computer is not able to start Windows Live Mail program. It is usually due to a service issue, which may have been disabled or is not running or it may, have been corrupted. Before going ahead with the steps in this guide, make sure you’re not logged in to your system in a Safe Mode. If you are logged into Safe Mode, your system will load with minimum graphics and only the “services and applications” required by Windows, which will interfere with the steps in this guide. The error 080041161 usually looks like this.
Steps to Fix Windows Live Mail Error 0x80041161
Hold Windows key and press R
Type services.msc and Click OK
Locate the service called windows live-id sign assistant right click this service and select Properties. Make sure it is set to start Automatically and the status is started, if not set it to start automatically and manually start it by right click on this service and selecting Start.
Once done, re-open Windows Live Mail.
If the issue is still not resolved, then it highly possible that your Windows User Profile is corrupt so a new user profile is required:
Click Start and type Control Panel. Go to Control Panel and search for User Accounts setting by typing User Accounts in the search bar. Choose, Create a new user account, set a password (if needed). Log off the current account and sign into the new account. Test Windows Live Mail, if it works there then copy data from your old profile to the new profile from C:\Users.
Method 2: Use the built-in repair tool
Windows Live Mail is part of the Windows Live Essentials package, and Windows has a built-in tool that can repair all of the apps in the Essentials package. Finding and using it is fairly easy as long as you follow the steps below:
- Press the Windows key on your keyboard, and type in Add or Remove Programs if you have Windows 7 or older, and Change or Remove a Program if you have a newer version.
- Open the result, and you should be presented with a list of software installed on your computer. Search for Windows Live Essentials, if sorted alphabetically it should be near the bottom of the list. Double-click
- Click on Repair all Windows Live programs and wait for the wizard to complete. Reboot at the end.
- Once you’ve done this, you will need to add your mail account again.
- Press the Windows key, type in Mail and open Windows Live Mail from the list of results.
- In the lower left corner, click Select the Accounts tab, and select Email.
- Type in your e-mail address, password and display name and click
- Follow the additional steps of the wizard until it completes. If you had multiple accounts, click Add another email account to add the other ones as well, and repeat the process as long as it’s necessary.