Well, it's not a common occurrence you mentioned. So something is wrong with your PC, or you're doing something wrong. Alas, you don't provide any information that makes a good diagnosis possible.
So let me only mention 2 alternatives for a mail-client:
The current Microsoft alternatives is:
- free download of Windows Live Mail
A common open source alternative is:
- free download of Thunderbird
I get recurring error messages telling me that Outlook cannot open because of corrupt files. The fix is to run scanpst.exe but what I would like to know is why it keeps happening. I have to run the fix almost every other day.
Thanks for any input and/or suggestion for a more stable email program. One would think that Microsoft would have gotten it right after all these years.