What is Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe)?

Inbox Repair Tool or scanpst.exe is a free software developed by Microsoft. This utility pre-installed in Microsoft Outlook. With the help of this Microsoft free tool, a user can repair corrupt Outlook items like Calendar, Journals, Contacts, Tasks, etc. and can also repair some Outlook errors, which occurred most of the time.

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Location of SCANPST.EXE

The location of the Inbox Repair Tool could be different in Microsoft Outlook versions. Here, you can find the location of scanpst.exe utility whatever Outlook version are you using.

location of SCANPST

location of SCANPST

Need of Inbox Repair Tool or Scanpst.exe utility:

We need to run scanpst.exe utility whenever Outlook Data File gets corrupted due to the various reasons. Some of the common reasons are improper shut down of Outlook, Viruses attack on data file, Hard drive failure, etc. Due to these grounds, given error messages evoke on the screen "Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window. The set of folders cannot be opened", "Outlook error 0x800CCC0F", etc.



How to run Scanpst.exe utility?

To run scanpst.exe utility, simple you have to follow the given below steps:

Here, I am going to show you the working of SCANPST.EXE utility.

Location of SCANPST

Location to find Outlook PST File: C:\Users\admin\Documents\Outlook Files

Browse PST File

Check File Consistency

scanned file report

Repair Complete


What if SCANPST not find?

If you are unable to find SCANPST on its default location, then it might be possible that you have disabled this option: "Show hidden files and folders". So make sure, that this option is enabled.

To Check (Window 10 OS):

Folder Options

File Explorer Options

What to do when scanpst.exe fails?

After performing the scanning process, if SCANPST.EXE is not responding well to repair corrupted PST file, then it could be possible that you Outlook Data file is highly corrupted. This utility repairs minor level corruption in PST files only. There is no any free utility available on the web, which can repair highly corrupted PST file. So, in such a scenario, you have to move on any third party source which is capable to repair corrupted Outlook PST File.