Email is the key of communication in this age, and when it comes to sending emails some users prefer to use the Universal Mail App that comes with Windows 10.
Sadly, it seems that there are some issues with the Mail App and some users are getting ‘Your account settings are out of date’ errors.
What to do if Your Account Settings Are Out of Date in Windows 10 Universal Mail App
- Reinstall the app and rename its folder
- Switch to local account and delete your email account from Mail App
- Uncheck the option “Sync with Internet time”
- Run SFC
- Run the Windows 10 Troubleshooter
- Temporarily disable your antivirus and firewall
- Use another email client
Before trying to fix this error make sure that your Windows 10 is up to date. When it comes to these types of issues, Microsoft usually fixes them with an Windows update, so if you’re experiencing this problem, check for updates, update your Windows 10 and see if the issue still persists. If the issue persists, try one of the following solutions.
Solution 1 – Reinstall the app and rename its folder
Universal Mail App is stored in %LOCALAPPDATA%Comms folder, but before you can rename it, you have to uninstall the application first.
- Open PowerShell as administrator. You can just type powershell into the Search bar and right click the PowerShell icon and choose Run as administrator from the menu.
- When PowerShell opens enter this command and press Enter to run it (This will uninstall the Mail application):
- Restart your computer and find %LOCALAPPDATA%Comms and rename it to anything you want.
- Now visit the Microsoft Store and reinstall the Mail application.
- You’ll be asked to confirm your accounts and fix them. After you’ve fixed and confirmed your accounts they should be working normally.
Solution 2 – Switch to local account and delete your email account from Mail App
If the PowerShell command didn’t get the job done, you can try with switching to a local account and then delete your email account from Windows 10 Mail app. Here’s exactly what you need to do:
- Switch to local account. To do so go to Settings > Accounts > Sign in with a Local Account Instead.
- Log in with your local account and start Mail App.
- In Mail App go to Settings > Accounts.
- Find your email account and click Delete Account.
- Switch back to the Microsoft account. Go to Settings > Accounts > Login with Microsoft Account.
- Log in with your Microsoft account.
After you’ve logged in with your Microsoft account your email account should be added to Mail app automatically and work without any problems.
Solution 3 – Uncheck the option “Sync with Internet time server”
Some users confirmed that unchecking the option ‘Sync with Internet time server’ fixed the problem for them. Here’s how you can do this:
- Go to Start > type ‘control panel’ > double click on the first result to open Control Panel
- Go to Clock, Language & Region > select Data & Time
- Click on the Internet time tab > Change settings
- Uncheck the option ‘Sync with Internet time server’ > OK.
Solution 4 – Run SFC
The Registry Editor is an important Windows component that directly influences other Windows apps and programs. Sometimes, various Registry keys may become corrupted or even missing and this causes severe technical issues. The simplest way to repair your registry is to use a dedicated tool, such as CCleaner.
You can also use Microsoft’s System File Checker to check for system file corruption. The utility verifies the integrity of all system files and repairs the problematic ones.
Note: Don’t forget to first backup your Registry in case anything goes wrong. In this manner, you’ll be able to restore a working version of Windows.
Here’s how to run an SFC scan:
1. Go to Start > type cmd > right-click Command Prompt > select Run as Administrator
2. Now type the sfc /scannow command
3. Wait for the scanning process to complete and then restart your computer. All corrupted files will be replaced on reboot.
Solution 5 – Run the Windows 10 Troubleshooter
Windows 10 also comes with a series of built-in troubleshooters that allow you to quickly fix general tech issues affecting the OS and apps. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > launch the Windows Apps troubleshooter.
Solution 6 – Temporarily disable your antivirus and firewall
Sometimes, your security solutions may block some of your programs. Try turning off both your antivirus and firewall and then launch the Windows 10 Mail app. If the antivirus or firewall interfered with your mail app, the ‘Settings are out of date’ error should no longer occur.
Don’t forget to re-enable your security tools once you’ve solved the problem.
Solution 7 – Use another email client
Many Windows 10 Mail App users also confirmed that simply switching to another email client for a few minutes and then going back to their Mail App solved the problem. So, go ahead and temporarily use another email client as this simple action may solve your problem.
We hope that the solutions listed above helped you fix this problem. If you’ve got additional suggestions on how to fix this error message in Windows 10, let us know in the comments below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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