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Where Is Scanpst Located And How Does It Help?

Find the Exact Location of Scanpst.exe (Inbox Repair Tool) for your MS Outlook

Outlook has an in-built repair tool that helps users to diagnose and repair corrupt or damage PST or OST files. The in-built Outlook repair tool is commonly known as scanpst.exe and it gets installed in machine as soon as user installs the Outlook as mailing client in their machine. The main purpose of (Scanpst.exe) is to diagnose and repair the file errors. As the name suggest the Inbox Repair tool only scans the PST and OST file not the mailbox on Server. By scanning the PST, tool checks weather the file structure is intact or not. If it finds the problem in file structure then it first reset its structure then rebuilt the headers.

Get enriched information & locate Scanpst.exe or Inbox repair tool in Vista, XP Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. Search out where scanpst.exe is located in local system for windows 32bit as well as 64 bit for your MS Outlook version.

Location of Scanpst.exe File

Microsoft Outlook has different versions and depending on the combination of versions of Outlook and Windows, the location of Scanpst.exe file also varies. Here, is the table showing location of scan.pst in different locations of Outlook.

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Microsoft Outlook Version Scanpst.exe Location for Win8, 8.1, XP, 7 etc.
Outlook 97 / Outlook 98 C:\Program Files\Common Files\Windows Messaging\scanpst.exe
Outlook 2000 C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI\<locale ID>\NT\scanpst.exe
Outlook 2002/XP C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MAPI\<locale ID>\scanpst.exe
Outlook 2003-32 Bit Windows C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\<locale ID>
Outlook 2003-64 Bit Windows C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\System\MSMAPI\<locale ID>
Outlook 2007-32 Bit Windows C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12
Outlook 2007-64 Bit Windows C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12
Outlook 2013-32 Bit Windows C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
Outlook 2013-64 Bit Windows C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15
Outlook 2016-32 Bit Windows (Click to Run) C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16
Outlook 2016-64 Bit Windows (Click to Run) C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office16

How Repair Corrupt PST Using Scanpst.exe File

Step - 1)
Exit active Outlook that you are using.

Step 2)
Open file location from drive: \Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12, double click the Scanpst.exe and open it

Step 3)
Now, enter name of PST file that you want to scan. To search and upload the file click on Browse button

Step 4)
Click the Start button to initiate the scanning of uploaded PST file

Step 5)
After completion of scanning process, it shows the existing error in file and gives the option to user to repair the file.

How the Scanpst.exe Validate and Corrects The Error


The PST file is the database file of Outlook and Internal Repair Tool that basically corrects and validates error in the database file. So, the Scanpst actually validates and corrects the internal data structure of .pst file. Therefore, the structure like Btrees and reference counts are primarily checked and repaired whenever it is necessary.


How Scanpst Utility Works with Folder


Scanpst.exe minutely examines every folder in .pst file and does the following operations

  • It ensures correct tables are associated with folders.
  • Check every row of table and make sure that message or the subfolder is present in machine.
  • If message or subfolder is not found, ScanPST removes that row.
  • If ScanPST get the message or subfolder, it validates that message as well as folder.
  • If the mentioned validation fails then ScanPST remove that from table considering it as corrupt.
  • On the other hand of validation succeeds then ScanPST use to do another analysis of recovered message in-order to check whether the recovered message is consistent with the table or not.

Suggestion: If you are still getting same errors and scanpst.exe unable to short out your PST corruption issues that time an external Outlook Recovery Software can be used. It will work in all corruption situations and fix corrupt PST file in less time and less effort.