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    Outlook pst locked (Office XP)

    I have the habit of copying my outlook.pst file from the desktop PC to my laptop and also to my wife's PC. That way I keep calenders and contacts in sync. Lately, every time I try this I get a mesage that I cannot copy the file because a process has locked part of the file; I assume the message is referring to the outlook.pst file. The specific process is not identified in the message.

    I'm wondering if there is a way to find out what is going on. How I might identify what process it is. I've tried taking Outlook out of the startup group and rebooting, but I still have the situation.

    Any thoughts would be greatly apapreciated. Thanks a lot for any suggestions.

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    Re: Outlook pst locked (Office XP)

    Since it used to work, but doesn't now the question is what caused the change. Have you installed or upgraded something? Hardware or software? If not, then maybe there is a sub-process at play. If you run NT, 2000 or XP OSs you can check for this in the tasks or services.

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    Re: Outlook pst locked (Office XP)

    [Edit - should have read OldDog more closely!]

    One other possibility is that you created a new Information Service such as a second PST and need to also close it.

    Expanding on OldDog's suggestion, Outlook can keep background processes open when it appears to be closed. As well as the obvious e-mail or calendar item still open after OL is closed, there may be off-screen processes, a possible culprit is journalling. One way is to look for and close any Outlook or MAPI processes in Task Manager.
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    Re: Outlook pst locked (Office XP)

    I don't recall doing anything that should have changed anything, ie., such as a software upgrade, sr installation, etc. However, I did look through services in the Task Manager and turned off a few and then the thing allowed me to backup.

    What I need is a list of what service does what. I'll keep looking there must be such a list somewhere.

    Thanks a lot for your reply to my question!

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    Re: Outlook pst locked (Office XP)

    I did look through my task manager and found two or three processes, that, when closed, allowed the backup to work. I have not created any new .pst files. I do keep my outlook data in a directory outside of the usual one, just so it's easier to get to. I have deleted the usual Outlook directory, but I note that it get recreated everytime Outlook is started.

    I'll dig around and try to look at my Outlook configurations and also try to find out specifically, what the services do that I turned off. Who knows, somewhere something is probably not working!! <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>

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