I recently used this handy Microsoft tool to recover mail from a damaged .pst file. The tool can be used to repair the .pst file allowing you to open it with Outlook to view your archives. It has worked for me every time I encounter the dreaded error warning.

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To use it, you will need to double click on the file name: scanpst.exe. You can find it in one of its default locations, which can vary depending on the version of Office you have installed on your machine. Here are some of the possible locations in the current versions of Outlook:

Outlook 2013

32-bit C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15
64-bit C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15


Outlook 2010

32-bit C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14
64-bit C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14

Visit this page for more locations: MSOutlook.info

Double click scanpst.exe to open it, then browse for the pst you need to repair and click ‘Start’.

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After the tool finishes scanning the file, it will tell you if it found any errors. If it did, just click repair and it will get to work to repair the file.

pst repair tool











repair completed


For more information see this Microsoft page.

I was looking to save the drivers out of a machine that would not boot. I needed to know which folder to backup in order to save all system drivers, thanks to Vijay’s post I was able to save 30-60 mins worth of work finding Display, Printers, and most importanly, NIC drivers.. You just make a backup of this folder, transfer it to the newly imaged HD (in my case) and point to it when updating your drivers in Computer Management.

The location of the driver store is – C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore


I recently upgraded to Access 2010 at work and had to open one of my old databases to run some macros. This database had been built in Access 2003 and was now being open in Access 2010. For the most part, I was expecting all queries and macros to work , and must say they did, except for one in particular: The ImportExportText macro. This macro was exporting text to an excel workbook and while it ran it came up with the following error message: “The text file specification ‘|’ does not exist”… To resolve this, head over to the KB Article ID: 2581495.

Here is what worked for me:

  1. I applied the June 2011 cumulative update for Microsoft Access 2010 – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2544022
  2. I edited the macro in design view and re-selected the proper text specification.
  3. Saved the macro.

Make sure you do step 2 & 3 otherwise you will continue to get the error. After the update you will see the text specification has changed to a number, like 1 or another ramdom number. You must change it back to the correct one, which in my case was: <name of the macro> import specification.

Hope this helps.

Something very simple yet very frustrating is not knowing that while you have your DV camcorder ON and connected to your PC (via Fire-wire in my case) you will not hear any sound during playback in Adobe Premiere. Just disconnect it or just turn it off and you will be able to hear your files again. I hope this post will save you the time it took me (two+ hours) trying to figure out why I was not getting any sound while playing .AVI files. A very annoying feature in Premiere 9 which brought me close to finding an alternative. Happy editing!

This can happen sporadically or when you log off one user account and log in again with another account (or the same), then try to log off or shut down for the second time. The machine does not respond to the log off or shut down commands.

I first started to kill all running process using Task Manager and trying to log off after ending each. It finally logged off. I figured it was a program preventing the shut down/log off.

I made the following Registry edits and problem was solved. Please exercise caution when editing the registry.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\

AutoEndTasks = Set this value to 1

HungAppTimeout = Set the value to 1000 (One Second)

WaitToKillAppTimeout = Set the value to 1000 (One Second)

Happy editing!

Got this message on a Win XP Pro SP3 machine running Outlook 2007. Here is what I use to fix it:

Start->run..then type the following -> “Outlook.exe /resetnavpane”

From Microsoft Answers site.

If FTP pages not showing up in the familiar Explorer view and instead are showing in a list view. Do the following:

  1. In IE, go to Tools->Internet Options.
  2. Check the following items and then click ‘OK’:

  3. Done.

Excellent Article for a specific problem: The blinking cursor of death!
Go here –> http://tips4pc.com/computer-problems/my-computer-boots-up-to-a-black-screen-with-a-flashing-cursor.htm

I encountered the error while opening Linked Table Manger. Go to the KB article 319844 for various solutions from Microsoft. The first option resolved the issue. In XP Pro the DOA DLL is on the path listed on the article. Hope it works for you.


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