Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Resolving The "Outlook.Pst Could Not Be Accessed" Error

You may have encountered problems and errors in accessing your mailbox and the contents while using the Microsoft Outlook program. Like all other programs, the Outlook program is also prone to errors. The program may not behave as expected. It may shut down unexpectedly, may freeze while sending a mail or the performance may become slow. This may occur due to some issues with the .PST file. The limit of the .PST file is 2 GB and if the file size goes beyond this limit, there are chances that the file is corrupted. If this is the case, you will have to run a PST repair with the help of the Inbox Repair Tool.
Let us see a scenario where the Outlook program behaves oddly. Consider that you are trying to open the Outlook program to check certain data from an email message before attending a meeting with one of your clients. The program may open and display the error message “cannot start Outlook' or "Unable to display the folder, Outlook.pst could not be accessed, access denied." This error is one of the common errors in the Outlook program. This might happen if the .PST file has become corrupted or damaged due to some reasons. This error can be resolved by following the below simple steps.

Instructions To Solve Cannot Start Outlook Error
  • Close the Outlook program if it is running.
  • Go to C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12 and double click on the Scanpst.exe file.
  • Type the name of the .PST file that you need to repair. You may also browse and locate the file.
  • After entering the name, click on Start. The Inbox Repair Tool will run and will give you the report once completed. 
  • After running the tool, you need to recover the repaired items. Make a new .PST file to move the recovered items.
  • After performing the above steps, start the Outlook program using the profile that contains the .PST file that you have repaired.
  • In the menu, you can find options labeled View or Go. Click on the Folder List to see two folders namely Lost and Found and Recovered Personal Folders.
  • From the Lost and Found folder, drag the recovered items to the new Personal Folder.
  • After you have performed the steps, you may remove the Recovered Personal Folders from your profile, which contains the Lost and Found folder also.
You may seek further assistance from the Microsoft support team if you are not able to troubleshoot the issue by yourself.

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