Steps to Use Inbox Repair Tool Scanpst.exe in Outlook

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Microsoft Outlook saves a local copy of all emails and other Outlook data on your computer. This is called a PST file. These files aren’t perfect; they can be subject to corruption when it exceeds a certain size limit. It could also happen if your system crashes or due to a virus attack.

Whatever the reason, you should know that if these files get corrupt, it may interfere with the performance of Outlook. Outlook may freeze frequently or you may have trouble sending/receiving emails or you may be thrown error messages.

Inbox Repair tool Scanpst.exe:

For this reason, Microsoft provides a built in tool called Scanpst to repair corrupt PST files. It is designed to fix header corruption and reconstruct file structure. It mostly corrects errors in the internal structure of the PST files.

It’s fairly simple to run the tool; all you have to do is locate the tool and choose the PST file to repair.

Where is Scanpst located in your computer?

The location of Scanpst is different for each Outlook version and also varies between 32-bit and 64-bit.

For Outlook 2007, scanpst.exe tool should be located in the below mentioned address:

  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12 (32 bit version).
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12 (64 bit version).

For Outlook 2007, PST file should be located in the following location:

  • C:\Documents and settings\%username%\local settings\ApplicationData\Microsoft\Outlook\ (Windows XP).
  • C:\users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\ (Windows Vista and above).

How to run Inbox Repair tool scanpst.exe

1: Exit Outlook 2007 and start the scanpst.exe tool. Double click on the Inbox Repair file or Run in the File Download dialog box.

2: Click Browse to locate the PST file and click on Start button.

3: Press Repair icon to diagnose the selected Outlook data file.

You need to again repeat aforementioned steps until you get "No errors found" message. But, sometimes the Inbox Repair tool may fail to fix the issues and may further damage your Outlook data file as it works on original file. To be on a safer side, you can use Remo Outlook Repair Software to securely fix corrupt or inaccessible Outlook 2007 PST file. This tool is way more advanced than the default PST repair tool. Simply follow the mentioned steps to run scanpst exe to fix your corrupt/damaged Outlook data file.

Remo Repair Outlook - Alternative solution to scanPST.exe

A professional Microsoft Outlook repair tool by Remo can diagnose and repair all kinds of PST file corruption issues in just few simple steps. Remo Repair Outlook program even works when scanpst fails to fix the damaged Outlook 2007 data file. The main advantage of using this application is that it does not work on original Outlook data file, instead it creates a new file. In addition to Outlook 2007, this toolkit also works smoothly with other versions of Outlook like MS Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, 2003 and 2000. Along with fixing PST file, you can even retrieve deleted or lost emails, appointments, contacts, notes, calendar items, journals, etc.

3 steps to fix Microsoft Outlook PST file:

To fix corrupt, broken or inaccessible Outlook data file, you need to download and install the Remo Repair PST tool in your Windows system. Run the tool and follow the below listed steps:

Step 1: Launch the software, select the appropriate option from the displayed screen that is “Open PST File”, “Find PST File” or “Select Outlook Profile” to “Browse” your Outlook 2007 PST file

Select suitable option to browse your corrupted PST file

Step 2: Once the file to be repaired has been selected, click on “Repair” button. The software automatically starts scanning the Outlook data file to diagnose and fix the PST file errors

Choose destination path to save your repaired PST file

Step 3: Once you get “Outlook PST file has been repaired” message on your window, then you can view the fixed file along with its data by using “Preview” option

View  repaired PST file along with its Outlook items by using Preview option

Remo Repair Outlook utility can also be used to fix:

  • Encrypted, password protected and compressed Outlook data file
  • Outlook showing not responding error
  • PST file corrupted due to improper upgradation of MS Outlook
  • Outlook data file damaged due to virus / malware threat
  • Oversized Outlook .pst file
  • PST file corrupted due to sudden termination of Outlook