The latest version of Outlook for Windows Operating System is Microsoft Outlook 2010. Microsoft Outlook 2010 provides different features that are not available with older versions of Outlook. Some of the features that Microsoft Outlook 2010 provides are listed below,

  • Ribbon interface- Microsoft Outlook 2010 provides Ribbon interface with four main tabs. Those four main tabs are Home, Send/Receive, Folder, and View. These four main tabs can be seen at the top of the Outlook Window.
  • Contact actions- When you bring cursor over name, in “to” or “from” field in an email then you will get popup that indicates different actions, which you can perform on that person. The different actions include adding them to your Outlook contacts, scheduling meeting, viewing their stored contact information, sending an instant message, etc.
  • Quick steps- In home tab there are some buttons, which are included in the My Quick Steps folder. These buttons include different ways to reply to team of people.

All Outlook items including Mail, Calendar, Notes, and Contacts are stored in PST file. The default location of PST files changes according to Operating System.

Default location of the PST file in Windows XP is: C:\Documents and settings\user name\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Default location of PST file in Windows Vista is: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

Default location of Outlook 2010 PST file in Windows 7 is: C:\Users\ username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

Due to various reasons, PST files may get corrupted and PST file corruption will lead to loss of Outlook items. Following are some of the scenarios in which PST file gets corrupted:

  • Corruption of PST files due to oversize- In Outlook, PST file has size limitation and if that PST file size is exceeded then it may get corrupted. If any unwanted emails are not deleted from Microsoft Outlook regularly then this situation may occur.
  • PST file corruption or email deletion due to antivirus scanning- If you are using any antivirus software in your system then that antivirus software may scan incoming and outgoing emails. While receiving or sending emails antivirus scanning may cause corruption of the PST file or deletion of emails by the antivirus.
  • PST file corruption due to Outlook upgradation – While you are upgrading Outlook from older version to newer version there are chances of corruption of PST files due to incompatibility. If you are importing emails from older version to newer version then due to incompatibility those emails may get deleted.
  • PST file header corruption - If you exit Outlook improperly then PST file header may get corrupted and it will lead to PST file corruption. This type of instances will lead to loss of emails from Microsoft Outlook.

Requirements: MS Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 Outlook Versions: Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010

If any email loss occurs from Outlook then there is no need to panic. You can also repair PST file errors, Outbox, Inbox and other folders very easily by using Outlook repair tool. Outlook Repair tool will repair corrupted PST files and recover lost or deleted Outlook items. In addition, even this tool can fix Outlook 2003 files after corrupt, damage and broken due to any threats. To get more information about it, visit

There are some precautions, which you must take in order to avoid PST file corruption,

  • Keep backup of all Outlook data because backup will always help you to restore deleted or lost Outlook data. If you lose Outlook data due to any reason then you can restore it from backup.
  • Always delete unwanted emails and other data from Outlook to prevent loss of Outlook data due to large PST file getting corrupted.

If you have lost Outlook data due to PST file corruption then you can repair PST file files using Outlook Repair software. The software will repair corrupted PST files from Outlook 2010 and then it will recover Outlook items including mails, contacts, notes, calendar items, tasks, etc. The recovered Outlook data is stored in another newly created PST file, which will prevent any further damage to the existing PST file. The software can also fix Outlook 2007 PST file and 2003 PST files. It can be effectively used to repair contact list from corrupted PST.

There are few steps, which you must follow to repair Outlook PST files -

Step 1: Download trial version of Outlook Repair software and then install it in your system. After launching the program, it will display three options in the main screen.

Step 2: Select "Open PST File" option if you know the location of PST file, select "Find PST File" option if you want to find location of PST file, select "Select Outlook Profile" option if you want to recover PST file based on Outlook profile as shown in the Figure 1.

Main Screen of Outlook Repair software

Figure 1 : Main Screen

Requirements: MS Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 Outlook Versions: Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010

Step 3: Select the appropriate PST file based on the option selected in previous step and click on "Next" button. After that select "Normal Scan" option to scan the PST file as shown in the Figure 2 and select destination location where you want to save newly created PST file. To start repair process, click on Repair button as shown in the figure 2.

Scanning option and destination path selection

Figure 2 : Select Scanning Option and Destination Path

Step 4: After repair process is complete, you can view recovered Outlook data using preview option as shown in the Figure 3 and if you are satisfied with the recovered result then you can purchase complete version of the software.

Recovered Outlook data Screen

Figure 3 : Recovered Outlook Data Summary

Requirements: MS Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 Outlook Versions: Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010

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