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Resolve Outlook error “file access is denied”

Are you experiencing “Outlook Error file access is denied” while importing PST file? Do you want to resolve this outlook error but unable to do so? This article will help the outlook users in fixing the above problem. It is important to get rid of this frustrating error as early as possible for smooth running of outlook application. Failing to do so may cause severe PST corruption with loss of data stored in the outlook inbox.

Sometimes, user may face problems while importing PST files from CD-ROM using outlook import export utility. Moreover the users are unable to browse the PST file imported. When they make an attempt to do so they receive the following messages in the dialogue box as: “Personal Folders: Properties for this information service must be defined prior to use.” as soon as they proceed further by clicking OK, they encounter following error message on the PC screen that reads

Microsoft Outlook Error: “File access is denied”. You do not have permission to access the file.

Cause of the Error

Have you ever wondered what causes the above error messages? Lets have a look at the possible cause for the outlook error. The error is mainly caused when the user burns a file on a CD-ROM, the file that is created has a read-only attribute and there is no possible way to change it. This is the reason why users may experience outlook error file access is denied while attempting to open a PST file from a CD-ROM.

How to resolve this Outlook Error?

Once the probable cause is known to the users, it becomes easier to fix this error. The outlook users are advised to make a copy the PST file from the CD-ROM and store it on their hard drive. Further, they are advised to go to the properties option by right clicking the selected PST file and clear the read-only check box. The above steps are completed by clicking OK. Now the PST file can be easily imported by using import and export wizard utility.

In some cases this following outlook error may occur while trying to import PST file when there is severe PST corruption or PST file is password protected. In such cases the outlook users are advised to make use of Scanpst.exe or inbox repair tool utility. However, if still there is problem in accessing the imported files, then the users are advised to make use of third party PST repair Software.

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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