OST File

Is there any free way to open an OST file that was recovered from an old laptop? If so can you detail how I get it open in outlook or any other (free) tool? I dont know what version of outlook created the OST file unfortunately. Will an OST from 2010 open in outlook 2003?
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Can you boot up that old laptop at all?  If you can, open outlook in offline mode and export it to a PST file.
Aside from that, there are no free utilities that I have come across.

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pma111Author Commented:
No its a copy that was passed on not in our possession anymore.

There seems a few OST to PST converters but no free ones as such.
You could try this tool, which allows free viewing of the data in a PST file, but requires a purchase to save items or convert to PST:

It's pretty simple to install, but it might ask to overwrite c:\windows\system32\richtx32.ocx. I just clicked ignore and the application installed fine.
It will ask you for a path to open the OST file, then you can view all folders and messages.
However, it does not support anything other than viewing untill you purchase a full edition.

There's a lot of tools online that offer to convert the OST file to PST, which can then be opened in outlook, but I have yet to find a completely free app yet.
By the way, if any tools say they can repair or otherwise make changes to the OST file, I recommend you make a backup before doing so.
pma111Author Commented:

Yeah just tried the above worked great!
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