Manual Tips- How to Remove Password from Outlook PST File?

MS Outlook is the most widely used email system from Microsoft that is extensively used at corporate level for all kind of business level communication. It has been used since the mid -1990s to enable the end users to create local archives of their server-based email. MS Outlook email app can pose accessibility issues owing to two causes like corruption or password protection. Outlook PST file used to store the data in a system in the form of messages, tasks, calendar, notes, etc.


In order to secure this personal information manager from anonymous users sometime apply password to the data storage PST file of desktop email client MS Outlook. But it always becomes cumbersome and tedious task to access PST file whenever user forget the password or the password get lost accidentally due to human error. What you will do if you are totally stuck with any such situation when you forgot your password?

In such a case, to crack your password you have hardly one or two options rather than using any paid PST password recovery tool. This segment offers some sort of remedy as I have mentioned here one of the easiest way to remove the password from the file.


Learn how to remove Password from Outlook PST by using PST9UPG.EXE and SCANPST.EXE:

Step 1: First, close the Outlook and take a backup of all PST files.

Step 2: Then, create a copy of the PST file.

Step 3: After that, with the help of SCANPST.EXE scan the copy of PST file.

Check the location of SCANPST.EXE according to different Outlook versions:

  • In MS Outlook 2002/XP: C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI<locale ID>scanpst.exe
  • In MS Outlook 2000:C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI<locale ID>NTscanpst.exe
  • In MS Outlook 97/98:C:\Program Files\Common Files\Windows Messaging\scanpst.exe

Note: If it asks for Repair, choose the Repair option instead of the backup option because you are already working on copied file.

Step 4: Run command prompt by clicking Start -> Run or pressing Windows key + R. Type the file path to PST9UPG and the PST name display i.e exe -x filename.pst and now, hit Enter.

Note: Copy of PST file created with the same name as original PST file. Example “C:My Documentspst19upg.exe”- outlook.pst

Step 5: Once the process completes, rename the original PST file name.

Step 6: At the command prompt, type: pst9upg.exe -filename.psx and hit Enter. Again run SCANPST.X against the new PST file and click on Repair.

Note: Use the full path to PST9UPG.

Step 7: The process creates a new password free PST file from the PSX file. To check the new password free PST file you have to open your MS Outlook program.

With the help of above steps you can easily remove the password from the PST file. One of the drawbacks of this method is that you can only remove password from the Outlook 2002 or older version. To recover the Outlook 2003 or later version, you have to take a help from third party PST Password Recovery Tool. Download FREE Demo by clicking the download button below:

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Determine and explore the authentic and reliable functionalities and features with the demo version of the PST Password Recovery by downloading it for FREE. Demo version of the software come with one limitation as it will display only the initial  two characters of the password rest of the characters will be displayed as ‘*’. In order to get full password for the PST file you have to go for the full licensed  version of the MS Outlook Password Recovery.

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Learn how to apply Password On PST File:

Here is a beneficial step by step process that will enable you to set password on Outlook PST data file to place restriction on all the crucial and vital information from anonymous users.

Step 1: Open your MS Outlook profile.

Step 2: Click on File> Data File Management -> Account Settings dialog box -> Data Files tab. Select the Outlook data file and click on Settings.

Step 3: The new box opened with the name of Personal Folders, here click on the Change Password tab and apply password on PST file.

Step 4: Here, enter a password and click OK.

Note: This password applies on all the consisting PST files. You cannot apply password on an individual folders within the PST file.


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