How to recover password protected PST file?

Q – I have set a password to my Outlook PST file. Now, the issue is I forgot the password but I have my important emails saved in it whom I want to access. I don’t know the solution how to recover password of my PST file?


You can try manual method to recover password of your Outlook PST file. Below are the steps to recover the password –

  • Go to the File menu > Account Settings
  • Click on Data File tab
  • Select the account for which you want to change the password
  • Click on Settings
  • Go to Change password option
  • Enter the password you want to reset and click Ok


I tried the manual steps but unable to recover the password because the above discussed steps require an old password and I don’t remember my old password. Can you please suggest any other solution?


In this situation, you can go for pst19upg.exe tool that will help you to retrieve the password of your PST file.


I tried pst19upg.exe but it doesn’t work for me. I searched for it on the Google and came to know that it works with ANSI PST files. I am unable to understand it.


ANSI PST file means Outlook PST file earlier than 2003 version. They have some limited storage facilities. Can you please tell me which Outlook version you are using? This will help me to guide you the correct method.


I am using Outlook 2010 and unable to get my Outlook PST file password with any of the above suggested methods. Please help me.


You must try an automated solution i.e. PST Password Recovery Tool. The application will definitely help you to recover your PST file password with few clicks without asking for the old password. The tool works to remove any large password within a short time period.

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