Apparently I had a malfunctioning driver.
This is what I did to solve the problem:
To replace possibly malfunctioning manufacturer-specific Serial ATA drivers with Microsoft's MSAHCI or StorAHCI drivers which may have better functionality in your system, use the following guide...
I'm using Outlook 2007 as part of Office 2007 Small Business running with Windows 7 Pro.
I've done all the basic things that I've been able to find trawling the forums -
1. going to Tools, Trust Center, Automatic Downloads and Un-checking the Don't download pictures automatically in...