How to Fix PST File Errors in Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is one of the world’s most widely used programs. Unfortunately, like any computer program, it’s not immune to errors. Here’s how to fix some of the most common problems with Microsoft Outlook, including the infamous PST file error.

Fixing PST errors

The PST file is one of the most important parts of Microsoft Outlook. It stores critical Outlook data like emails, attachments, contacts, and calendar entries so that they can be accessed when your computer is offline.

Unfortunately, the PST file has one crucial pitfall: it is limited to a mere 2GB in size. If you send and receive a high number of emails, or store lots of contact information in Outlook, then you’ll hit this limit in no time at all. And, once this limit is reached, it’s a difficult problem to solve. To make matters worse, Outlook will only inform you of what going wrong through a vague error notification like “The Database cannot be accessed” or error codes like “0×80040116”.

So how you find an appropriate solution for this problem? Well, you either need to remove the 2GB limit on your PST file or split the PST file into smaller parts. Microsoft does have a free tool for download called scanpst.exe. It promises to fix Outlook problems related to the PST file but unfortunately, it rarely ever works.

There are, however, plenty of third-party solutions available on the internet. For a small fee, these programs can easily recover your PST file – preserving all of your emails, contacts, and calendar entries – and ensure that Outlook never experiences this problem again. This is by far the easiest way to solve PST file problems in Outlook, which is why most users opt for this solution before anything else.

Database and emails cannot be accessed

Another common problem with Outlook occurs when you simply cannot access your emails or other data. Sometimes, this is related to the PST error, while other times it is not. If the error doesn’t appear to be related to the PST, or if a PST repair program doesn’t solve your problem, then you may simply need to reinstall Outlook entirely.

In most cases, uninstalling and then reinstalling Outlook will delete emails and other data. But don’t worry: as mentioned above, many third-party PST repair programs also include Outlook recovery tools that will quickly and easily restore your emails, attachments, and any other data that you have stored on the program. If you want to preserve your most important information, then you need to run an Outlook recovery tool.

Outlook performance errors and slowdowns

If Outlook has recently started to slow down, then it could be due to a number of different things. Your computer may not have enough RAM, you could be running too many performance-intensive programs, or you may even have a virus. Sometimes, even a recent Outlook update will decrease your computer’s performance with the program. To prevent common slowdowns and errors, invest in a good antivirus cleaner or PC optimization program.

Outlook is experiencing other problems

If Outlook is behaving strangely, and it has nothing to do with the problems listed above, try pressing F1 to access the help menu within the program.