Fix "xxxx.pst Cannot Be Accessed – 0x80040116" Error

Microsoft Outlook.pst Cannot be Accessed

Indeed, it's true that most of the Outlook errors occurred while sending & receiving of emails and such error can be detected by improper functioning of Microsoft Outlook.

A very common error message "outlook data file cannot be accessed" is also one of them, which is produced due to an Outlook profile issue. Outlook renders this error message along with a numeric value, or with an alternative name of this error "Outlook error 0x8004010f".

Bugs in Outlook profile is considered as a prime reason behind the error message "outlook.pst could not be accessed" and can be solved by handling these damaged profile.

In some scenarios, it has also encountered that this error message can also occur if a user has recently moved a Outlook PST file from one location to another and then trying to perform send/receive via that specific account.

Fix Error Outlook PST File Cannot be Accessed

In order to figure out this error, we have to go through three major steps:

  • Determine location of the default PST file which is causing the error.
  • Creation of new Outlook account.
  • Setup a new profile as default.

So, lets start implementing the above given steps one by one:

Identify about default Outlook Data File:

  • Open "Control panel" in your machine.
  • Click on "Mail" button.

select mail

  • By clicking on the Mail button, a user will reach on the mail setup button window. Click on "Show Profiles" button.

show profile

  • Select a profile and hit on "Properties" button.

click on properties

  • Now, click on "Data Files" option.

Click on data profile

  • Choose "Data Files" tab and get the listed default data file.

set as default

Fix Error Outlook PST File Cannot be Accessed

  • In the Account Settings window, click on "New" button under the "Email" tab.

Click on new in email section

  • Choose the type of email service and hit on "Next" button.

select email service

  • Fill all the required details like name, email address, password and finalize the process by clicking on "Next" button.

fill all information

Click here for info about how to Create a new Outlook Profile

Mark the configured Outlook profile as default:

  • Again, via "Control Panel" reach on the "Mail" dialog box and select "Always use this profile".

always use this profile

Create a new Outlook PST File to Store Data

  • In "Account Setting" panel, under "Email" tab, choose the email account which was causing the issues and click on "Chagne Folder" located down-left side of the screen.

Change folder

  • If you are working with working multiple PST files, then select the Inbox folder of another Outlook Data file and click on "Ok" button. In opposite, if there is a single data file, then create a new one and do the earlier performed action.

required action

Hopefully, the above defined fixes would help to make an Outlook PST file accessible.

A user can also use Inbox Repair Tool (scanpst.exe) to fix error "Outlook data file cannot be accessed". However, if this inbuilt tool does not recognize the actual bug and fix it, then in that case it is better to opt third party tool. Switching on third party tool like Outlook file recovery Software can save your time and crucial data which otherwise can be lost.