Resolve Error Outlook PST Do Not Have Permission to Open

Written by Lucy John on May 02, 2023

“Hi there, I am using Microsoft Outlook 2007 from two years, but I never got the error message that I faced today. When I launch Outlook application in my Windows system, it is displaying an error message that ‘You don’t have permission to open PST file’. How to resolve this error message and access emails along with attachments from Outlook PST file?”

Nowadays Microsoft Office Outlook gained more popularity among various email clients, because of its secure data transaction. However, this protected email client might even show several error messages in a few unfavorable instants as discussed in the above scenario. Outlook PST do not have permission to open error message will appear in two situations majorly,

1. If you have enabled read-only permission on PST file

2. Outlook PST file corruption for any known or unknown reason

How to Fix Outlook PST Do Not Have Permission to Open Issue?

First, you check properties of PST file whether it has enabled read-only permission. In case, it has marked read-only permission, then disable that option. To disable read-only permission of PST file follow below steps.

Note: Location of PST file in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 versions is C:\users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook. Where in Outlook 2013 and 2016 editions save PST file in C:\users\username\Documents\Outlook Files.

If you are still facing same error after resetting read-only property, then it indicates Outlook PST file corruption. PST file may become inaccessible or get damaged due to virus attacks, oversizing issues, improper up-gradation, abnormal termination, sharing PST over an unsecured network and other reasons.

When you suspect corruption of Outlook PST file after “Outlook PST do not have permission to open” error message, then try to fix corrupted PST file using inbuilt Inbox Repair tool i.e. Scanpst.exe. If this Microsoft Inbox repair utility fails to resolve the issue with Outlook PST file, then it is better to select proficient MS Outlook PST file error repair software such as Yodot Outlook PST Repair in order to fix Outlook PST error messages on Windows system.

Repair Outlook Error PST Do Not Have Permission to Open:

Yodot Outlook PST Repair software is specially designed for MS Outlook users who desperately want to fix corrupt Outlook PST file after error message like ‘Outlook PST do not have permission to open’ on Windows system. It efficiently repairs and automatically recovers all mailbox folders (Inbox, Outbox, Sent items, personal folders, etc.) and attributes such as emails, attachments, contacts, calendar item, journals, RSS feeds, notes, etc. from MS Outlook PST file. The user-friendly graphical interface of this application even helps users with less technical skills to mend corrupted PST file without any trouble. It has the capability to repair PST file after CRC error, Outlook not responding error, not a valid PST file error, PST file access denied error, PST cannot found and many more error messages.

This excellent utility supports repair of Outlook data files both PST and OST on all versions of MS Outlook such as Outlook 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. It works on all desktops/laptops installed with Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems.

Steps to Fix Outlook PST File Do Not Have Permission to Open Error:

Step 1: Launch Yodot Outlook PST Repair tool, click on Open PST File button and select your PST file.


Step 2: Next, choose the appropriate scanning method, browse for the desired location to save repaired Outlook PST file and click on the Repair button.

Step 3: The software deep scan and repair your MS Outlook PST file. After completing the repair process, you can verify the fixed Outlook PST file with all its items.


Note: If you unaware about the location of erroneous Outlook PST file, then use “Find PST File” option. Also, you can choose “Select Outlook Profile” option to browse specific Outlook PST file if you have multiple user accounts.

Consider These Tips:

  • Keep your system free from viruses to avoid Outlook PST file corruption issues
  • Backup Outlook PST and OST files on a regular basis to be at the safer side in above-mentioned situations

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