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How to Repair Outlook PST Files

PST Files are used by Microsoft Outlook to store personal details related with each user profile using Outlook. These will include contact details, calendars and any other information stored by the user. When these PST files get corrupted for some reason, users of Microsoft Outlook who have Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 as their operating system might receive an error stating “0x80040600: An unknown error has occurred.” when they click Send/Receive or when they try to view emails in the Microsoft Outlook inbox. This is similar to the “An unknown error has occurred. 0x80040600” error as the cause that triggers this type of problem is closely related to each of the two errors. An error generated by the same problem as these two will show up when the user is trying to delete an email from the inbox, saying “Messaging interface caused an unknown error.”

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In order to fix this, you should know how to repair outlook PST files. To begin repairing Outlook PST files, the first thing you need to do is to set the option to show hidden files. This can be done in Windows XP by following the steps outlined below:

  1. Start Windows Explorer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
  3. Click the View tab.
  4. Under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders, and then click the OK button.

To show hidden files and folders in Windows Vista and 7, do the following:

  1. Go to the Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization.
  3. Click Folder Options.
  4. Click the View tab.
  5. Under Advanced Settings, click Show hidden files and folders, and then click OK.

The next step is to make use of the Inbox Repair tool provided by Microsoft Outlook to repair your inbox and restore your corrupt PST file. But first you need to find your Outlook PST file. For this, complete the following steps:

In Windows XP:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. Type control in the Open box, and then press ENTER.
  3. If you see the Pick a category view, click User Accounts
  4. Double-click Mail.
  5. Click Data Files.
  6. Click Personal Folders, and then click Settings.
  7. Note the text in the Filename box.
  8. Click OK, and then click Close two times.
  9.  

In Windows Vista and Windows 7:

  1. Go to the Control Panel.
  2. If you see Control Panel Home view, click User Accounts and Family Safety
  3. Click Mail.
  4. Click Data Files.
  5. Click Personal Folders, and then click Settings.
  6. Note the text in the Filename box. 
  7. Click OK, and then click Close two times.

The text in the filename box will be the path to your PST file. This will be needed later, when using the Inbox Repair Tool.
Next we will be discussing how to use the Inbox Repair Tool. Follow the following guideline in order to accomplish this:
In Windows Vista/7 using Microsoft Outlook 2003:

  • Click Start, type %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033\ in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  • Find and then double-click SCANPST.EXE to start the Inbox Repair Tool.
  • In the Enter the name of the file you want to scan box, type the path and file name of the Outlook .pst file that you found in step 2.
  • Click Start.
  • After the Inbox Repair Tool operation is complete, click OK.

In Windows Vista/7 using Microsoft Outlook 2007:

  • Click Start, type %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\Office12\ in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  • Find and then double-click SCANPST.EXE to start the Inbox Repair Tool.
  • In the Enter the name of the file you want to scan box, type the path and file name of the Outlook .pst file that you found in step 2.
  • Click Start.
  • After the Inbox Repair Tool operation is complete, click OK.

In Windows XP:

  • Click Start, and then click Search.
  • Click All Files and Folders.
  • In the All or part of the file name box, type Scanpst.exe.
  • Change the selection in the Look in box to the local hard disk. For example, change the selection to Local Disk (C:).
  • Click Search.
  • When the search is complete, double-click SCANPST.EXE to start the Inbox Repair Tool.
  • In the Enter the name of the file you want to scan box, type the path and file name of the Outlook .pst file that you found in step 2.
  • Click Start.
  • After the Inbox Repair Tool operation is complete, click OK.
Once you have completed all of the above, you have completed your Outlook PST file repair.

For more great tips check out our Outlook PST Repair articles. As well you may be interested in learninghow to backup Outlook PST file.