Error 0x80041161 is a Windows Live Mail error that occurs when your computer is unable to start the Windows Live Mail program. It is usually due to a service issue, which may have been disabled, not running, or possibly corrupted. Before proceeding with the steps in this guide, ensure that you are not logged into your system in 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 0x80041161 typically appears like this.
Steps to Fix Windows Live Mail Error 0x80041161.
Hold the 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-clicking on this service and selecting ‘Start’.
Once completed, reopen Windows Live Mail.
If the issue is still not resolved, then it is 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 settings by typing ‘User Accounts‘ in the search bar. Choose ‘Create a new user account’ and 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 found in 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 are fairly easy as long as you follow the steps below:
- Press the Windows key on your keyboard and type “Add or Remove Programs” if you have Windows 7 or older; type “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 email account again.
- Press the Windows key, type “Mail,” and open Windows Live Mail from the list of results.
- In the lower left corner, click on the Accounts tab and select Email.
- Please type in your email address, password, and display name, and then click.
- Follow the additional steps of the wizard until it is complete. If you have multiple accounts, click “Add another email account” to add the others as well, and repeat the process as many times as necessary.