Microsoft Outlook RSS Feeds not updating on Windows PC

If Microsoft Outlook cannot download your RSS feed content because of a problem connecting to the server, here are some solutions that you can use to fix this problem. If you can open the Microsoft Outlook progress window, you may see an error message – Task RSS Feeds reported error 0x80004005, 0x800C0008, 0x8004010F.

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Outlook RSS Feeds not updating

Here are a couple of suggestions to fix the problem of Outlook RSS Feeds not updating on your Windows computer.

Change frequency to check RSS Feeds

When you add a new RSS feed in Outlook, the system keeps checking for the latest update at a particular time interval. If something goes wrong in between, you might not receive new updates from that feed.

You need to make sure that the Update Limit feature is turned on. To check this, open Microsoft Outlook > File > Account Settings. Select the Account Settings again. Now switch to RSS Feeds tab and click on the Change button. Make sure that the Update Limit check box is selected.

Microsoft Outlook RSS Feeds not updating on Windows PC

Next, go to Send/Receive tab in Outlook. Here you need to click on Send/Receive Groups option and select Define Send/Receive Groups. On the next menu, select Schedule an automatic send/receive every [n] minutes and set a value there. 30 or 60 minutes should be fine.

Change folder where RSS feed in delivered

You can store RSS Feeds data in two different locations, i.e., in your Microsoft Exchange account or on your computer as a .pst file. If you have chosen the second option when subscribing to a new RSS feed, you can change the folder location. To do this, open Microsoft Outlook > click on File > Account Settings > Account Settings. After that, go to RSS Feeds tab and click on Change Folder button.

Now, you need to create a new folder and select that as the destination.

Change the display name of an RSS Feed

Although it has no direct effect on the Outlook RSS Feeds not updating issue, it has know to help users fix this problem at times. By default, Outlook shows the website name as the display name of an RSS Feed. If you want to change it, open the Account Settings window and switch to RSS Feeds tab. Select one RSS Feed and click on Change button. Thereafter, you need to enter a new name and save your changes.

Download the full article as a .html attachment

If you are receive a summary of all the articles in RSS feed and want to download the entire article, here is what you need to do.

Open the RSS Feeds tab in Account Settings of Outlook and select an RSS Feed. Click on Change button and select Download the full article as an .html attachment.

Along with this settings, you can also enable Automatically download enclosures for this RSS Feed. It will let you download all the attachments included in one article.

Synchronize RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List

To do this, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Click on File, then click Options.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Select Synchronize RSS Feeds to the Common Feed List (CFL) in Windows.

Sometimes this problem occurs when the PST file where the RSS Feed content is saved becomes corrupted. In this case, you need to follow these steps to create a separate PST file for delivering the RSS feed items in the PST location.

Open Account Settings in Microsoft Outlook > RSS Feeds tab > click on the Change button > select the Change Folder option and click on New Outlook Data File.

Now you can create a new data file. After doing this, restart Outlook and check it can fetch new articles or not.

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Create new Outlook profile

All the email accounts get saved under a profile in Outlook. If the profile gets corrupted in some way, you might face such problems . You then need to delete the existing profile, create a new one, add email accounts to that profile and then add new RSS feeds.

To delete the existing profile, open Control Panel on your computer and change the view as Large icons. Click on Mail (Microsoft Outlook). Next, click on Show Profiles button > select the profile and click on Remove.

Thereafre, add a new one by clicking on the Add button. Now you need to add a new email account and some RSS Feeds.

Hope something here helps you.

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