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Resolve PST error ‘scanpst.exe Not Found’

Users often deal with different types of files in their computer and corrupted files are always a source of annoyance for them. Same is the case with Microsoft’s Outlook file whose damage or corruption leads to many problems for the user. Damaged PST file of Outlook can be repaired with Outlook’s Inbox Repair Tool which is accessible from the program called ‘Scanpst.exe’. But at times this EXE file also encounters with errors, most of the time when Windows Registry is corrupted or there is some invalid entries in it. At that point of time windows unable to detect and load the file and errors are caused.

To understand this situation in a broader manner let’s consider a scenario. Suppose you started MS Outlook application to perform some work, but find that it’s PST file where all the data’s are stored are corrupted. Every time you try to start this application it returns an error message that to repair the corruption use Inbox Repair Tool. Even further when you try to run this tool by locating Scanpst file another error message is thrown which is mentioned below –

"Scanpst.exe Not Found"

As a result of this error message, you are unable to locate Scanpst file and hence can not repair corrupted PST file.

The error message clearly indicates that the file which the operating system is looking to execute is not found. This clearly indicates that the issue is with the Windows registry which might be containing some invalid entries due to which the file is not found. This can occur due to number of reasons –

  • The Inbox Repair Tool is not properly installed.
  • The utility is not used for a long time.
  • The utility is either removed intentionally or accidentally.

So, in order to isolate the given behavior, you need to remove the invalid entries from the Windows registry regarding the Scanpst.exe, but for this proper understanding of windows components is must. As an alternative you can also uninstall Outlook and reinstall it to solve the issue. Also if the corrupt PST is not repaired by Scanpst.exe you can also use any third party software like PST Repair to scan, detect, repair and restore the corrupted PST files and its data.

Scanpst.exe failed? Try Outlook PST Repair

Install the software with quick installation wizard. Just follow the 4 simple steps to successfully install the Outlook PST Repair.

Step 1
Launch the Outlook PST Repair from the desktop shortcut. And select the corrupted PST file.


Step 2
Click Next and follow the on-screen instruction to finish it. No need to Worry! Your Outlook.pst is in Hand of Professional.

Outlook PST Repair has very advance scanning alogorith as compared to the Scanpst.exe. You will see the difference in result, once the scanning is over.


Step 3
Once Scanning process is completed, Outlook PST repair will show the previews of all the recoverable components.

Step 4
After viewing the lost folder in the recovered item list. Go for the Licence key to save the pst file..


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I tried SCANPST.exe a Inbox Repair Tool, and got nothing. But Outlook PST repair recovered all my emails back.



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