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windows 7 outlook 2010 extremely slow receiving pop3

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I'm assuming you are using an external pop server and not SBS Exchange? Can you log into the POP mail server or even webmail and check the size of the mailbox? Of these 400+ messages are they simply text emails? Even if they weren't I've seen large mailboxes download in a few hours (1GB +). It seems like if you logged back into the local user account where the PST files were stored it wouldn't try do download all the messages again but only the most recent (but now more slowly right?). Do you have other email accounts you can setup and test?

Also, uninstalling office rarely touches the local profile data.
Ex: C:\Users\JohnSmith\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook