Lotus Notes - Notes Client error: IBM Notes failed to start successfully
Published: Wednesday, 12 March 2014 | Categories: IBM | Keywords: Notes | Status: Posted | Created: Wednesday, 12 March 2014 | Author: paul
IBM Lotus Notes Client will not start. After entering the users password it eventually displays the error message "IBM Notes failed to start successfully".
Notes Client error: IBM Notes failed to start successfully
Check if it will start in Basic mode (test by appending -sa to the desktop shortcut command line and running). If so then it may be a Java issue. 
  1. Copy the Framework folder (c:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\Lotus\Notes\framework) from another client which does work and is the same version. Overwrite all files and merge folders when prompted.
  2. Start Client.
Issue affects Standard clients only.

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1418. Rodney Krick | Monday, 27 March 2017
Thank you for this hint. It is not always necessary to copy a "working version" of the directory "framework". I had the same problem and solved it this way: - rename directory framework into framework_old - start Notes (it will show another look and feel as before) - rename framework_old into framework again - stop Notes - start Notes