Many of us use Microsoft Outlook on a daily basis. In fact, we are very dependent upon its robust email and calendar features, among other things. Although Outlook is a very stable piece of software, it is still prone to errors and file corruptions. One of those many errors is 0X80040600. This error occurs due to the corruption of Outlook’s PST file.
If you are wondering: Outlook maintains a database of your information in PST files. They store all of your emails, calendars, contacts, and everything else in a readable format. These files may become corrupt if Outlook is not closed properly; they may also be corrupted by virus attacks. There are a lot of ways you can fix this problem, and I am going to highlight the easiest one.
While there are many commercial and freeware products that can repair PST files, Microsoft already bundles one with your Outlook installation. Dubbed the inbox repair tool, the software will scan and repair your PST in a few minutes.
First things first: close Outlook if it is open. To ensure that it is closed, open the Windows Task Manager, click on the Process tab, select “outlook.exe”, and press the “End Process” button. This makes sure that Outlook is completely closed, thus eliminating any problems you may face.
Then locate the inbox repair tool on your computer. It is usually located in the Microsoft Office installation directory. If you are using Outlook 2007, look for the file in “\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office 12″. If you are using Outlook 2003, then look for the file in “Program File/Common Files/System/Mapi/1033″.
If you are unable to see the file in these directories, you need to enable Windows to let you see hidden folders and files. Once you get to the file, click and run it. You are almost done!
Once you have opened the repair tool, you need to locate your Outlook PST file. You can do this by following these steps: Start -> Control Panel -> Mail. Once there, click on “Data Files” -> “Personal Folders” -> “Settings”.
There you will see the location to your PST file. You should copy the text that shows up in the “Filename” box. Now, go back to the repair tool and paste the location you just copied. Your work is almost done. All you have to do now is to click on “Start” and wait for a while.
The inbox repair tool will now analyze your PST file and try to recover as many folders and items it can. This may take some time depending on the size of your PST file. The tool may not work properly on files sized 2 GB and above.
The 0X80040600 error can be annoying and irritating to deal with. However, you need not worry about this problem any more. By following the above mentioned steps, you can easily fix this error any time you want. You do not have to worry about losing your emails, contacts, and calendar appointments any more.