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    Re: Contacts Ghosts (MSO 2003)

    Did this problem "survive" a reboot?
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    Re: Contacts Ghosts (MSO 2003)

    unkamunka:

    Problem was still there after re-boot... trying now to strip contacts out and "plant them in a new pst file...

    Where do these 'ghosts' come from anywho?

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    Re: Contacts Ghosts (MSO 2003)

    Try running scanpst a.k.a. the Inbox Repair tool. If you search Outlook help for "scanpst", you should get a list including "Use the Inbox Repair tool". That will give you step by step instructions of what to do. HTH
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    Re: Contacts Ghosts (MSO 2003)

    unkamunka:

    I did run scanpst... said it found errors and fixed them... we'll see...

    Thnaks for that.

    This brings back another issue: to run scanpst, I had to boot in safe mode, 'cause even turning off all startup items via msconfig, when I ran scanpst it wouldn't run and said something else was using outlook.pst...

    This is anothewr flavor of the same issue entertained when I tried to copy over outlook.pst...

    SOMETHING is grabbing it at startup and treating it as 'open'...

    What the heck is it? And if I am the *only* person experiencing this, what the heck does THAT mean?

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    Re: Contacts Ghosts (MSO 2003)

    >SOMETHING is grabbing it at startup and treating it as 'open'

    Do you have PDA synchronising software running?
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    Re: Contacts Ghosts (MSO 2003)

    unkamunka:

    Nope.

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    Re: Contacts Ghosts (MSO 2003)

    unkamunka:

    At least not to my knowledge... don't own one, and didn't (purposefully) select any such choices or add-ons

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    Re: Contacts Ghosts (MSO 2003)

    How about FAX software?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Contacts Ghosts (MSO 2003)

    Dave:

    I'm not certain... In Outlook 2000 the barbones fax supplement was right out there to be able to see and be turned on or off... but in 2003, it seems to be hidden from me, and I find it hard to believe that it isn't there any more...

    I dunno where it's stuck though.

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    Re: Contacts Ghosts (MSO 2003)

    Dave:

    I cannot find any (obvious) correlation to fax software... I did install .NET and SOAP components, but it was/is my understanding that these aren't (necessarly) fax or communications driven.

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    Contacts Ghosts (MSO 2003)

    Supplement and Update:

    I found what was causing the locked PST file:

    During installation of Office 2003, the default install includes, in the Outlook choices, a "Microsoft Office Document Image Writer" -- a fax printer. If you let it install, it locks the PST file. If you (I) uncheck it, the PST file is released.

    What a pain!

    cwb
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    Dunno what the heck I did, but now, if I go to create a new message, and click the "To" button, I get a message that the address book is not accessible... then when I click on the right pane in the windows that comes up, I've got *3* contacts showing, AND an Address Book!

    One of them has my contacts in it, but...

    How do I get rid of the dups, and join the right one to the "button"?

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    Re: Contacts Ghosts (MSO 2003)

    A quick possibility.
    I ran into the same problem after doing some Microsoft Office online practice exercises. One of them, re; outlook 2003 Group & Folder setup, required a little manipulation of the Contact list (including downloading a sample pst file), After finishing the exercise, i couldn't delete the sample data, even though I'd closed the folder in outlook. The error message said that the pst file was "in use" even though Outlook was closed. Sound famliar?

    I can only think that some other service running is using your file... on mine, I suspected Norton GoBack (the Restore Point software for backup), or perhaps a Virus scan. Anyways, in this case, a restart removed the problem. Maybe checking into 3rd party software running might help. FYI, i have the MS Imaging & Fax service as well, but it hasn't caused any problems that I've noticed.
    Best of Luck
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