How To Fix Error “The Operation Cannot Be Performed Because The Message Has Been Changed”

Error The Operation Cannot Be Performed Because The Message Has Been Changed Description: The messages affected are the ones that Outlook has automatically saved a draft of while you are editing them. If you create a new message, type quickly, and send before a draft is saved.

The message will send fine; however, if you take time to compose the message and Outlook saves a draft for you, the message “The operation cannot be performed because the message has been changed” occurs when you try to send it.

The message that Outlook thinks has changed is the one in the drafts folder, and the send fails because it cannot delete the draft as part of the send operation.

After the first draft has been saved, subsequent draft saves fail, which is why some people have complained that when the draft is re-opened, it does not have the latest edits.

This Error massage applies for all versions of windows like Windows 10, Windows 8 & 8.1 and Windows 7.

Solution For “The Operation Cannot Be Performed Because The Message Has Been Changed”

The problem seems to be a new bug in the recent Office 2016 update, and no amount of restarting, reinstalling or repairing will fix it, so don’t waste your time pursuing those options.

The only work around is to copy your message, delete the draft, start a new message, and paste in the content.

Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows logo key + X to see a list of commands and options. (Basically, a quick way to get to Programs and Features in Control Panel.)
  2. Click Programs and Features.
  3. Click the Office program you want to repair, and then click Change.
  4. Do one of the following:
  5. In addition in-Office 2019 & 2016 click Repair > Continue.
  6. In-Office 2013 & 2010 click  Quick Repair.

You might need to restart your computer after the repair is complete.

Windows 8 & 8.1

  1. Similarly Press the Windows logo key + X to see a list of commands and options. (Basically, a quick way to get to Programs and Features in Control Panel.)
  2. After that click Programs and Features.
  3. Click the Office program you want to repair, and then click Change.
  4. Do one of the following:
  5. In-Office 2019 & 2016, click Repair > Continue.
  6. In-Office 2016 & 2010, click  Quick Repair.

Above all you might need to restart your computer after the repair is complete. Therefore,

Windows 7

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features.
  2. Click the Office program you want to repair, and then click Change.
  3. Do one of the following:
  4. In-Office 2016, click Repair > Continue.
  5. In-Office 2013, click Quick Repair.

However you might need to restart your computer after the repair is complete.

If the issue still persists you need to uninstall the office and re install.

Type in the product key and click on Setup It will ask you to login to your Microsoft account. So that the new installation is associated with your Microsoft Account.

Hence it is not required to keep the product key for the future use. It will be added to your Microsoft Account. Follow the below steps to complete the installation for “The Operation Cannot Be Performed Because The Message Has Been Changed”.

However, if you’re not able to fix the Office issue after all the steps.we’d like to provide with you an alternative way to install / repair Office.

If you need further assistance in performing the proposed actions, please don’t hesitate to chat with our Technical experts.

The Installation Errors or Any Run Time Errors Might Occur Due To The Following Issues.

> There may be temporary files, temporary internet files, junk files and cookies which may hamper the performance of your computer.

> This will slow down the performance of your computer and also affects the programs response if it is not resolved.

> There are inevitable issues like malware and spyware if we do not Optimize your computer.

> All such issues might also sometimes crashes the system programs.

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