Updated on April 27th, 2023
In the previous article, I shared a couple of techniques to combine or merge multiple PST files into one large PST file. That is a scenario when you are dealing with a couple or hundreds of Outlook PST files (mostly required by IT administrators). Here I’ve shared a solution for recovering or removing lost passwords from Outlook PST files or unlocking PST files. Before this, let me show you how we password-protect our PST files.
Please follow the Steps to Apply a Password to your Outlook PST file.
Step 1: Do according to your Outlook version:
In Both Outlook 2007 and 2010, the Account Settings Tab pops up like the image below
Step 2: Click on the Data Files tab ⇒ Select the PST folder ⇒click on Settings
Step 3: Once you click on Settings, a popup will appear to change the password as shown in the image below:
Step 4: Enter your desired password and click OK
The above 4 steps are really easy to follow and you can protect your Outlook PST using this inbuilt method.
The issue is quite frustrating when you find that your PST file is password protected and you’ve forgotten the password you applied. You would have already tried multiple password combinations with CAPS Lock on and off, but failed to unlock your PST file.
Well, you can easily recover the password of your protected Outlook PST file. There are a couple of options available to unlock PST files.
I always consider every PST file crucial, but you have to decide the option, whether you give more value to time or money. If you consider using a paid tool to remove your PST password, you can go with an extensive search on Google or any other search engine. Besides that, I would personally recommend you use the Sysinfo PST Password Recovery Tool.
If you do not want to use any third-party tool, you can still remove your password by using “pst19upg.exe”.
The “pst19upg.exe” utility was designed by Microsoft to upgrade the PST file format to version 19. It’s a nice and free-to-download utility that upgrades your PST file and also removes the password applied to it. You can easily download pst19upg.exe utility.
This process is a bit lengthy, please follow the steps to remove your PST file password using “pst19upg.exe” and “Scanpst.exe”.
If the protected PST file you have, is created in an older version of Microsoft Outlook, there is an ANSI PST file that is used by MS Outlook.
Follow the steps to remove the password from Older MS Outlook Versions (ANSI PST file):
C:Program FilesCommon FilesSystemMAPI<locale ID>scanpst.exe
C:Program FilesCommon FilesSystemMAPI<locale ID>NTscanpst.exe
C: Program FilesCommon FilesWindows Messagingscanpst.exe
Though you’ll be able to find scanpst.exe in the above-mentioned locations, if it is not located there, you may download scanpst.exe by visiting the link provided above.
Run Scanpst.exe and click on Repair. Please keep a backup of your PST file before you run this utility.
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These are the two solutions that could be implemented to unlock password-protected PST files. You can go with the paid solution and let the software take the pain for you, or you may go for the other solution, which is a bit tricky but successful if done properly.
Note: Password recovery by a third-party tool gives a 100% success rate, but the other option might fail in a few scenarios.
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