Outlook 2010 is a widely-used email client. It can be run as a Windows service using FireDaemon Pro to process emails. FireDaemon Pro allows you to have Outlook 2010 start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of Outlook 2010 and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use FireDaemon Fusion to manage Outlook 2010 and other Windows services via a web browser.

Outlook 2010 Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Install the Outlook 2010 software. Take note of the Windows user account that you used to set up the email accounts. You will need this later.

Note: By default Outlook 2010 installs to "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14" so for the purposes of this HOWTO, we will use that directory.

Configure Outlook 2010 however you want: add your email account(s), change the settings, etc. The most important thing you need to do is to configure Outlook 2010 to automatically send/receive emails every "x" amount of minutes. To do this, Click Tools Menu->Options->Mail Setup Tab->Send/Receive Button. Make sure "Schedule an automatic send/receive every" is checked in both instances in "All Accounts" section. Also set the time frame for these settings to something like 5 for 5 minutes.

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note that no parameters are required.

For Outlook 2010 to work properly, you must run it as the Windows user that you used to create the email account. Failure to do this will make Outlook 2010 run with no email accounts configured and it will not send or receive emails. Due to a Windows limitation, the account must have administrator privileges for the service to work correctly. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to Outlook 2010 or specify which CPU or core Outlook 2010 will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).


On the Dialogs tab. Check the "Enabled" box and in the responses section enter the following:

  • Title String: Microsoft Office Outlook
  • Response: No

Now click on the OK button to install and start Outlook 2010!