How to use Scanpst.exe – Inbox Repair Tool – to repair Outlook PST Data files.

The "Scanpst.exe" (aka "Inbox Repair Tool")  is a very useful utility provided by Microsoft to repair Outlook data files (PST files). The Inbox Repair Tool, can be used to fix corrupted PST files and is available to all Outlook versions from 2003 up to 2013. If Outlook displays a message says that your personal data file (PST) is corrupted or has errors or you face problems with Outlook (e.g. Outlook freezes or not responding) then you can use the Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) to fix these problems.

Scanpst.exe Inbox Repair Tool


SCANPST.EXE (Outlook Repair Tool) locations.

The location of "scanpst.exe", is different for every version of Outlook & Windows you have installed.

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
Click-to-Run  >  C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\office15
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
Outlook 2007
32-bit Windows > C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12
64-bit Windows >  C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12
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>
Outlook 2002/XP
C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI\<locale ID>\scanpst.exe

Outlook 2000
C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI\<locale ID>\NT\scanpst.exe


How to use the Outlook Inbox Repair Tool to repair Outlook Data File (PST).

To fix a damaged Outlook PST file:

1. Close Outlook.

2. Navigate to Control Panel and open Mail. (If you don't view the Mail item, change the View By: to Small Icons)

control panel all items


3. Click Data Files button.

outlook data files


4. Note the path where the Outlook Data File (e.g. Outlook.pst) is stored on your computer and then close Mail Options.

outlook data file location


5. Then double click at SCANPST.EXE to open the Inbox Repair Tool utility.



6. Click Browse and select the Outlook Data File that you want to repair. (e.g. Outlook.pst)

Inbox Repair Tool


7. Finally press Start to start repair.

outlook pst repair


8. Wait until the Outlook PST Repair is completed and then close the Inbox Repair Tool utility.

9. Open Outlook.


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