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Even after closing Outlook.exe the Pst files are not released from explicit lock mode, for taking a bakcup.
Sometimes they are released instantly and sometimes after few minutes.
How can I change the lock period.
Visibly I can see '~Outlook.pst.tmp' indicating that the main pst is locked.
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by:ezekielseyes
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Hi,
can you please check if the outlook.exe process is still running when this happens?
2 good articles dealing with this issue can be found here:
MSOutlook.Info
HowTo-Outlook
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by:Allan_Fernandes
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I am sure the outlook.exe is not open. Checked with Taskmanager too.
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One other thing that comes to my mind is that the personal folders may still be accessed by the Windows Indexing Service. This would also explain why the problem does not always occur.

To check that, open up the task manager and press the "show processes from all users" button. You should then see a "SearchIndexer.exe" process running. If so, you could try to kill this process to see if the pst files are released afterwards.

If this is the case you could also manually exclude *.pst files from the indexing service for example.

Just hit the Start button in Windows 7 and type "indexing". Then click on "Advanced" and there on the 2nd tab "file types". Then just uncheck the *.pst checkbox and press OK. After that, the index has to be rebuilt which can take quite a while.
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