There are epic threads on the internet of users upgrading to Office 2016 and finding that Outlook 2016 email is no longer indexing. Windows Search logs the following error in Event Viewer:
The protocol handler Mapi16 cannot be loaded. Error description: (HRESULT : 0x80004005).
I've tried ALL the common suspects:
Removing Outlook from the index and using Unindexed search is acceptable as a very short term fix, but I need the "The protocol handler Mapi16 cannot be loaded." error fixed permanently.
At present this is happening on approx 50% of the workstations we upgrade to Office 2016 (Click-to-Run) and they're all running Win10 with all patches.
Tentative Fix (just waiting for reproducibility).
Open Indexing Options and note the number of items in the index. Edit Environment Variables and add to the path:
x32 - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\
or x64 - C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\
Reboot, Open Indexing Options, note the items in the index, Open Outlook, Indexer starts working on items.
Seems Indexer needs Office in the %Path% in order to open the required files for MAPI16.
Note: On machines where Office 2016 installs correctly, the above path variable is not required, so it doesn't really fix the issue properly, but it does solve the problem in a reasonable manner.
I had this same issue and turns out the cause was adobe pdf pro add in. The add in does not install with office 2016 however it was inherited with office 2013. Disabling the add in then unchecking outlook from advanced. close outlook. rebuild index, checking then allowed indexing to occur again.
I had the same problem and I was using Office 2016 Small Business that was preinstalled on my Dell laptop. I removed Office entirely via the control panel and after that I used the removal tool from support.office.com. After that, I renamed all folders named 'Outlook' or 'Office' in the AppData subfolder of my profile to make sure the new installation did not reuse them. I reinstalled Office 2016 x64 by downloading it from Office.com. Now all my e-mail is indexed.
This is what I got from a case from Microsoft; Adding the path (#4) was what worked for me. Win 10/64; Office 2016 Pro Plus /32
Open file explorer -> C:\Windows\ProgramFiles
Check for Windows Updates
On the affected machine
If only 1 users affected, please try to recreate the profile.
Also, a tech had added Reg. Key:
Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Search DisableServerAssistedSearch DWORD value =1
I do not believe this was necessary, it seemed to be the path of the MAPI protocol handler (mapiph.dll) that resolved it. After a REBOOT.
Problem was Dixed December 2018 and occured again in January 2019 with Outlook 2016 version 1812. in Cache Mode
Extending path seems not to work for me, happend on Dell Image of Windows 10 updated to 1809 current Patchlevel as of 24.1.2019
What we figured out so far: Problem seems to happen in the Bridge between Windows Search x64 and Outlook mapi x32.
Quick Work Arround: Set Outlok Cache mode to not load all data, then you can search via Server by clicking on the search more line.
I've been struggling with the very same problem for the past few days.
It turns out it was related to the "HKCU\Software\Classes\VirtualStore" branch of the registry. It contained a few entries in the "MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun" subtree, so it was hiding the real "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun" subtree.
After removing the whole "HKCU\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE" subtree and restarting the "Windows Search" service, the error disappeared and the indexing started working again.
This is the site that helped me in finding the solution : https://www.win-10-forum.de/office/87414-outlook-2016-office-365-betriebssystem-momentan-ausfuehren-anwendung-konfi.html
installing 64 bit office solved this issue for me, i think it has to do with the windows search data file going above 2 GB which 32 bit office cannot handle.
[update 2017-04-06] just to clarify the issue seems to be with the windows search file in ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows, it seems that when this reaches 2 GB the indexing of emails on 32 bit office stops working. this also explains why when the search files are deleted search starts working again for a short period of time.
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