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    Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlook 2

    I have somehow managed to created additional .pst folders in Outlook and I cannot delete them. At present, I have my "working" folder with my name on it. I have a second folder (also with my name on) and two folders named Personal Folders. These folders contain Inbox, Outbox, Calendar, Contacts, etc.

    This is very confusing. I have deleted all the information from these surplus folders but I cannot delete them or close them. When I right-click and choose "Close the Name Folder", I get a window saying "The operation failed. An Object cannot be found." I get the same message for all three surplus folders. I cannot chose Delete the Personal Folder because it is grayed out. I have some instructions from the Knowledge Base on deleting a .pst folder but my confusion lies in determining WHICH folder is my primary folder. I show four .pst folders and they have the same names. Two say Personal Folders and two say Barbara Folders. I cannot rename the unwanted folders; I have tried that already.

    This problem spills over to my Calendar. When I choose to display the Calendar, there are two Calendars showing in the Navigation Pane. One named Calendar and one named Calendar My Name. The Calendar named with my name is my current Calendar but it is NOT the Calendar that display automatically. If I forget to check, I find I am entering appointments, etc. on the old Calendar. This confuses my little brain.

    When I try to delete the surplus Calendar I get the attached message. Is there any hope for me?
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlook 2

    Can you right-click and Close the redundant PSTs' rather than deleting them?

    What services show up in the dialog when you select 'File | Data File Management'?

    See also <!mskb=278167>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 278167<!/mskb> (courtesy of <!profile=jscher2000>jscher2000<!/profile>).
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    When I try to close them, John, I get the attached message that the Operation failed.
    I am also attached the results of File > Data File Management.
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    Did you close Outlook and then try the Corntoll Panel method mentioned in the MSKB? If it doesn't work try <!profile=MaryJ>MaryJ<!/profile>'s advice in <post#=82411>post 82411</post#>.
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    I have just tried the MSKB solution. I found two profiles: one with my name and one called Outlook. I tried selecting each of them and discovered that the one called Outlook contained the Calendar I wanted to keep, so I deleted the profile with my name. Prior to that I had backed up my .pst file. This solution didn't solve my problem so I tried the Registry solution. I backed up a copy of my Registry to the Desktop but I couldn't find any pst files when I reached the Windows Messaging Subsystem folder. I am using Windows XP.

    I now have these folders( see attachment) in my Navigation Pane. I cannot rename, close or delete any of the folders. Do you think I should uninstall Outlook and re-install?
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    Maybe your .pst file is corrupted. Try fixing it with scanpst. It may also be a virus problem. Try scanning for viruses.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29> I'm puzzled that none of these suggestions have worked, but I don't think that you need to uninstall Outlook (yet).

    Instead, I recommend that you close Outlook, make a backup copy of your PST, and then move your PST to a temporay location. Restart Outlook and OK through all the warning messages that the message store can't be found, then let Outlook create a new message store. Then move your original PST back where you had it and try to reopen it. If that works, then try to close the newly created store.
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    Hi, John,
    I ran scanpst.exe this morning. Then, I tried your suggestion of backing up and moving my PST file to a different location. I opened Outlook and created a New Personal Folder, asked Outlook to Open a Data File and here is the result (see attachment). I tried closing and/or deleting the two Personal Folders and the Recovered Personal Folder and cannot do either!!! <img src=/S/drop.gif border=0 alt=drop width=23 height=23> I now show THREE Calendars and the default Calendar is NOT the one with all my appointments, etc. This little problem is driving me nuts.
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    Back to basics. From the root of your C: drive search for all PST file '*.PST' with the setting 'Search Hidden Files and Folders' turned on. What do you find?

    <img src=/S/sorry.gif border=0 alt=sorry width=15 height=15> I can understand how annoying this is, and I don't seem to be helping.
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    Goodness! Please look for a Private Message from me related to your attachment.

    Let's go brute force. Have your Office Installation disks available in case. Close Outlook, then move all those PST files to a very safe location - rename any with the same name. The file you want to retain is probably the largest one, so make backups of it.

    From the Windows OS Start | Run dialog, run this command 'Outlook /unregserver'. Let Outlook create a default PST if necessary.

    Close Outlook again, and rerun the Windows OS Start | Run dialog, run 'Outlook /regserver' (note, the 'un' is gone).

    Report back if all those ghost folders have been removed or not.
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    John, please don't give up on me now. I have moved files around so much that I have completely confused myself.
    Explanation:
    Years ago, I changed the backup location of my Outlook to a file in My Documents named Backup Outlook. I did that to remind myself to always backup that file along with my others. Having it in the default file on the root drive meant that I didn't always remember to back it up with my other files.
    I have several tutorial files installed on my computer because I have been trying to learn more about utilizing Outlook.
    I have confused MYSELF about the files named Barbara Folders and 04 11 Outlook.
    I don't know what to do with all these PST files. I included the size of the files to show you that only the one named Barbaras Folders seems to contain all my data.
    What a mess!!!
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    Thanks for your advice, John. That was a big blunder on my part and I didn't realize I had done that.
    I tried typing "Outlook/unregserver" into my Run window and received a message that the file could not be found. I typed it in three different times in case I had made a typo. I also searched for the file and didn't find one with that name.

    Any other suggestion?
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    Barbara, there must be a space between 'Outlook' and '/unregserver' (the Lounge font narrows the space).
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    I thought I was fairly competent with my computer until all this began. I had printed your last message and a line break occured in both instances of your giving me the information to type into Run.
    I typed in Outlook (made a space)/unregserver. Now, I get the message "Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. The command line argument is not valid. Verify the switch you are using."
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    Re: Choose default Calendar in Outlook 2003 (Outlo

    The mistake is mine: <!mskb=827593>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 827593<!/mskb>.

    Did you ever look at what you have under Tools | Email Accounts | View or Change?
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