Have you ever faced corruption in Microsoft Outlook mailbox? Since corruption is nearly unavoidable, it may happen at any time. Thankfully, Microsoft provides you the Inbox Repair tool to handle and fix corruption within the PST file. This tool, commonly known as the scanpst.exe utility, can scan corrupt PST file for errors and fix the header corruption issues. Whenever you install the Microsoft Outlook client on your local system, the Inbox Repair tool also gets installed automatically. It’s very easy to use the Inbox Repair tool. Even a novice Outlook user can use it with ease.
Before helping you learn how to use the Inbox Repair tool, I’ll show you how to locate its executable (.exe) file on your local system. It’s very important to locate the scanpst.exe utility before you can run it on your system. The SCANPST location basically depends upon the Outlook version and Windows operating system you’re using. Since there are various versions of Microsoft Outlook client available in the market, the SCANPST location always varies. Below I’m showing you the SCANPST location as per the Outlook version and Windows operating system you’re using:
Microsoft Outlook 2016
32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\
64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16\
64-bit Outlook: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\
Microsoft Outlook 2013
32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\
64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\
64-bit Outlook: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\
Microsoft Outlook 2010
32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\
64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\
64-bit Outlook: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\
Microsoft Outlook 2007
32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\
64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\
Microsoft Outlook 2003
32-bit Windows: C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\<locale ID>\
64-bit Windows: C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\<locale ID>\
Microsoft Outlook 2002/XP
C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI\<locale ID>\
How to Use the Inbox Repair Tool?
Once you’ve successfully located the scanpst.exe utility, double-click its executable file to launch the Microsoft Inbox Repair tool. Now follow the simple steps shown below:
Step 1: On the Microsoft Inbox Repair tool window, click Browse button and select the corrupt PST file.
Step 2: The selected PST file will be listed in the edit box.
Now click the Start button to scan corrupt PST file.
Step 3: The scanning process is being conducted on your system.
Don’t cancel it.
Step 4: Within a couple of minutes, the selected PST file will be scanned successfully.
You can now check the error report.
Step 5: Finally, click the Repair button to repair PST file.
Key attributes of the Inbox Repair tool:
- It checks whether the tables are correctly associated with the folders or not.
- In a case of missing messages or subfolders, the Inbox Repair tool removes that row.
- It scans every row of the table and checks whether the messages or the subfolders are present in the system or not.
- It smartly validates the messages as well as mailbox folder.
- If the validation fails, it removes them from the table considering to avoid severe corruption.
- The Inbox Repair tool can only fix header corruption issues.
- It may not work if the size of your PST file is large.
If you’re still encountering error messages, this means corruption is severe and the Inbox Repair tool can’t fix it. In such a situation, you should use a professional solution to repair PDF file and to restore maximum possible data from it. Refer to this article for some useful information – How to repair PST file if the Inbox Repair tool fails?