Microsoft Outlook relies on its inbox repair tool to fix issues on a personal file (.pst files). However, it is not 100% efficient. This article focuses on other ways to repair Outlook files.
Losing the data, such as contacts and appointments, which you had saved in the Outlook personal manager on your computer can put you in a tight spot. For example, if you run a business, losing your clients’ contacts causes communication break downs, and you may lose out on orders. The personal contact information of family and friends is equally important, so losing it can be inconveniencing.
The process of repairing a crashed Outlook can be frustrating at times, especially when nothing seems to work. That’s why it’s necessary to always have a plan B that helps you recover your important data.
Data corruption of your files can occur, so create a backup plan and secure your data first, even though such issues can be solved by the DataNumen Outlook Repair tool. Having backup copies of your Outlook files serves as insurance against loss.
Use your Home drive to store .pst files. Also, keep another copy in Microsoft One Drive. Do not entirely rely on USBs as they are prone to hardware malfunctions. A better way would be to save your archives on another computer to be safe, in case your laptop crashes, undergoes an upgrade or gets replaced.
How to detect a problem on your Outlook
Issues with Outlook can force you to repair or reinstall it. Some problems arise after you reinstall add-ins to your Outlook, or when you upgrade it. The methods you use to repair Outlook solely depend on the type of operating system you are using. For instance, Microsoft 365, Microsoft 2003, 2007, 2013, and so forth. You’ll be prompted to take action when you encounter the following
- Difficulty opening a file
- Difficulty opening a set of folders
- When your file appears damaged
How to repair damaged Outlook files
Before taking any action, you should figure out what may be causing the problem. Use the Inbox Repair tool to help you identify the issue and determine if you should repair or uninstall the program.
Whenever there is a problem with your Microsoft Office as you click-to-run the application, you may get this notification, “Outlook failed to launch in safe mode. Do you want to start repair?” It then prompts you to click on either yes or no. Click on Yes. If it doesn’t start, take the following steps.
Method 1 – Repair through the Control panel (Windows 10, 8.1, 8)
Note that this method is for the Microsoft office 365 program. The procedure for Windows 7 is different.
- Tap start
- Type control panel then tap on it
- Go to programs and select uninstall program
- From the list of programs, choose Microsoft office 365
- Right-click then select change
- Choose Quick Repair and tap on repair
The process may take a few minutes and once it’s complete, restart your computer.
Method 2 – Use the Online Repair Tool
Office gives you two options for erasing Outlook: Quick repair and Online repair. Select Online repair in case the first option is unsuccessful. It would be best if you had an internet connection to use this option, and the process is longer.
Method 3 – Use Outlook Repair Software
If you are still unsuccessful, try other software, such as DataNumen Outlook Repair, that is faster and more efficient than the inbox repair tool.