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Remove shared Outlook calendars in Windows Search results?

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I have a WinXP machine with Outlook 2007 and Windows Search 4 installed.

In the past, I have opened shared calendars in our Exchange environment. I've since removed those shared calendars from my Outlook. However, when I perform a search within Windows Search, items from those calendars are showing up in the results.

How can I purge either Outlook or Windows Search of those shared calendars that I am no longer tracking so they don't show up in Windows Search results?
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First try this: Close Outlook, click Start->Run, type Outlook /cleanprofile
If that doesn't do the trick then recreate the Outlook profile. Profile corruption is the source of many strange behaviours in Outlook.
You may first want to save away the address cache (the .nk2 file) which contains the addresses the user has prevoiusly sent successfully. You find the .nk2 file here (XP):
C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
(Vista: C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook)
If you do not know how to recreate a profile: http://www.howto-outlook.com/faq/newprofile.htm
After recreating the profile you can restore the .nk2 file to the same location assuming you used the same name for the new Outlook profile.
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I tried /cleanprofile and /cleanfreebusy. We'll see once the next indexing job completes. Thanks.
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For different reasons, I ended up needing to follow the instructions on this thread:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Office_Productivity/Groupware/Outlook/Q_24679391.html

My OST file went from over 1GB to under 200MB. Indexer is running right now, and going from 30k+ items and is already down to 26k and still going down.

Essentially, took Outlook out of Cached Mode, deleted the .ost file, restarted Outlook, placed back in Cached Mode, and allowed Outlook to rebuild the .ost file based on the data on Exchange. This appears to have purged all of the extra information, and the Windows Search Engine has picked up the changes. Will wait to verify, but this appears to have resolved the issue for me.
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Indexed items went down to 20k, and no more shared calendar items in Windows Search results.
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