MS Outlook: Adding Account Issue

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I once had an issue with a client where every time they launched Outlook 2016, it would error out on the part where you “log on to the mail server and send a test email” saying something about connectivity to the server. This is after signing in on the pop up that verifies your server and everything.


  • We knew the account wasn’t the issue because we could add it on one of our lab machines.
  • We knew it wasn’t a DNS issue because we could ping
  • We knew it wasn’t account credentials because we could sign into Outlook online (OWA).

To Resolve:

  1. Run – regedit. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\x.0\Outlook\AutoDiscover (create if not there)

    • x.0 in the above registry path corresponds to the Outlook version (16.0 = Outlook 2016, 15.0 = Outlook 2013, 14.0 = Outlook 2010, 12.0 = Outlook 2007
  2. Add the following keys:

    Type=DWORD32, Name=ExcludeHttpsRootDomain, Value=1
    Type=DWORD32, Name=ExcludeScpLookup, Value=1
  3. Either close out of all windows or reboot. NOTE: I had originally done this on a test user account and had to re-create the keys on the problem user account. Pay attention to which hive you are in (obvious HKLM wouldn’t have this problem).

  4. Try again, should work this time.