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How to Find & Run Inbox Repair Tool SCANPST.EXE - Outlook PST Repair

How to Find & Run Inbox Repair Tool SCANPST.EXE

Inbox Repair Tool which is popularly known as scanpst.exe is an inbuilt application of Microsoft Outlook designed to fix problems that is associated with PST files and folders like repairing and recovering. It is automatically installed in all the versions of Outlook depending upon the kind of operating system one is using.

For individuals who are finding difficulty in locating this tool and want to know how to find Inbox Repair Tool should use one of the following commands on their system:

  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\NT for Windows 2000 and above
  • C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\95 for Windows 98

People who are using Outlook 2003 set up should know that the scanpst.exe is automatically installed. People need to proceed like this to locate the tool:

  • <disk drive>:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\
  • disk drive>:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\1033

People who are using 2007 and 2010 Outlook version can locate it by the following ways respectively:

  • <disk drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12
  • <disk drive>\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14

Once this utility tool has been located, the question arises is how to run inbox repair tool . In order to do so, go through the following instructions step by step:

Step 1-

Close all the applications including the PST files and other folders in Outlook database.


Step 2-

Double click on the utility tool or right click on it and click the open option.


Step 3-

Browse your PST file that has gone corrupted by clicking on the Browse button


Step 4-

Once your damaged file is being located by the scanpst.exe tool, you need to select the Start option by the virtue of which the repair of file would start

Step 5-

A status bar would be displayed that would show the amount of time that is left for the repair work to get completed. The time taken to complete the repair would depend upon the size of the PST file. The larger the size, greater is the time taken.


Step 6-

Finally when the repair is done, a confirmation message would be displayed on the computer screen. Click on the OK button and from there onwards you can then access your PST file that was not possible to access earlier.





It is to be noted that the Inbox Repair Tool is not competent enough to solve the major problems associated with file damage and corruption. If the problem persists after running this tool, then it is advisable to use any good 3 rd party PST Repair software that would scan and repair the entire corrupted items from your Outlook database using sophisticated algorithm and program.

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