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A Detailed Guide on How to Resolve Outlook PST Error 0x80040116

Microsoft Outlook is an excellent choice for handling emails and store files safely. It has an array of advanced and latest features and this is one of the sole reasons why people prefer to use it over other email client applications. However, despite having useful features, the users encounter issues while accessing Outlook. As reported, one of the most common Outlook errors is '0X80040116'. If you encounter this error, then don't panic as we have discussed the ways on how to resolve Outlook error, '0X80040116'.

Reasons behind the Outlook PST Error 0x80040116

  • Corrupts Message Header file
  • Outlook mailbox exceeds file limit
  • Sudden termination of Outlook
  • Corrupt Outlook PST file

Ways on How to Resolve Outlook PST Error 0x80040116

In this section, we will discuss the ways to fix the Outlook error. If a user is facing an error, '0X80040116', then it can rectify by using two methods, that is:

  1. Make a new Outlook Profile
  2. Resolve PST File Via 'Scanpst.exe'
  1. Make a New Outlook PST File
    • Click on 'Control Panel' tab.
    • From the 'Mail Setup Wizard' option, click on the 'Data Files' tab.
    • Open 'Account Settings' and click on the 'Set as Default' option.
    • From the 'Account Wizard Window' tab, click on 'Add New Account' and fill the details.
    • Now, click on 'Always use this profile'.
  2. Resolve PST File Via 'Scanpst.exe'
  3. As most of you already know that Microsoft Outlook has an inbuilt repair tool, 'ScanPST.exe'. The tool repairs corrupt PST file, however, it has its own limitations and one of the major drawbacks of this method is that it cannot fix major errors. By using this approach, the user can also erase their entire data permanently.

Limitations of Using 'Scanpst.exe'

  • Scanpst.exe cannot fix major Outlook errors.
  • The user cannot repair 'Directory Structure' by using this method.
  • The errors in 'Headers' of Outlook PST files cannot be repaired.
  • The user might run off the time limit while repairing PST files.
  • The 'Deleted Items' and 'Lost and Found Folder' cannot be recover.
  • This method cannot repair oversized files as the file size limit is 2 GB file size.
  • A single wrong step can delete the files permanently.

The above-mentioned are the manual methods by using which a user can repair PST files error, '0X80040116'. Both the methods are free of cost; however, we suggest you opt automated software as it ensures 100 % recovery of files.

Use KDETools PST Recovery Tool to Resolve Outlook PST Error 0x80040116

One of the most common Outlook errors is '0X80040116' and if you are looking for a safe and reliable solution, then we recommend you opt for KDETools PST Recovery Software. It can easily retrieve data from orphaned, damaged, password-protected, and highly-encrypted PST files. By using the recovery tool, the user can easily resolve the Outlook errors so make sure that you avoid using the manual method as it is too risky.


This blog entails the details on how to resolve Outlook error, '0X80040116'. We have discussed the manual method in detail and how a user can repair PST files by using this approach. We have also suggested an automated tool to repair PST files without losing data.

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