FIX: Outlook Data File Access Denied after Windows 10 Update

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Solution to resolve Outlook data file access denied after Windows 10 update

If you are getting “File access denied” error when opening Outlook PST file then don’t panic. The error seems when users upgrade to Windows 10 OS.

Some causes behind this error are –

  • You forget to set the permission for accessing PST file
  • You have logged into old Microsoft account on newly updated Windows account
  • Your PST file is in use somewhere.

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Not only this, there are chances of many errors when you upgrade to Windows 10 OS. But it is easy to resolve these errors.

Methods to resolve “File Access Denied” error

Many ways are available to resolve this error of ‘file access denied.”

Step 1.Regain access to your Outlook PST file

To regain access to your Outlook data file, below are the steps –

  • Go to the file location mentioned in error. This is the location where PST file is stored:
    C:\Users\User Name\Documents\Outlook Files
  • Right-click on the PST file and choose Properties
  • Go to Security taband select user account
  • Click on edit and then select your account
  • Enable Allow full control

Step 2.Run MS Outlook as administrator

Run Outlook as an administrator

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Step 3.Move PST to a different location

1. Simply copy the Outlook PST file to a different location.

  • For Outlook 2013, 2016, and 2019

C:\Users\Username\Documents\Outlook Files

  • For Outlook 2010


2. Now, try to open the PST file to Outlook

Alternate to manual solutions – Third-party software

If the three manual tricks can’t help you to come out of the “File Access Denied” error and the error is still not resolved due to severe PST corruption. Then, you should consider a third-party application.

Go for Softaken PST Repair Toolthat deals easily with severely damaged PST files. There are many impressive features in this application that make it superior in comparison with other solutions. It quickly repairs Outlook PST file and helps users in recovering the data items.

Also, after repairing the files, users have the option to save the items into PST, EML, MSG, MBOX, and others formats. Instant repair of various PST files at once is performed by the software without any hassles. After scanning Outlook data file, the entire preview is provided to users before recovery of the data items.

Final Thoughts

In this post, we have disclosed the solutions to fix the error which users face with MS Outlook after Windows 10 update. Four different techniques have been introduced to solve the error. If you have tried the manual ways and unable to resolve the error then we recommend you try the automated solution that surely works for you.