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Microsoft Outlook 2010 error..."Outlook.pst" is not an Outlook data file (.pst)

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Hello Experts,
Came into work this morning and attempted to open my email (Outlook 2010).  Got an error message that 'Outlook.pst is not an Oulook data file'.  Following a suggestion, I deleted the profiles key in the registry.  Upon opening Outlook it made me create a new account.  I did so and it works fine, but all my prior email/contacts/calendar are in the other data file that won't open.  I tried adding it to my list of data files but am still getting the error message.  My new Outlook.pst file is under .../My Documents whereas my old file was under .../Local Settings/Application Data/Microsoft/Outlook.  How can I get my data back?

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by:Lee Ingalls
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Run SCANPST.exe to repair the original .pst; it is installed with Outlook.
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Where do I run it from?
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Windows 7: Windows button, type scanpst... when you see the scanpst.exe appear click it.
Windows XP it's located C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Outlook14
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by:Natspap
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Sorry, running XP Pro.  Doesn't work from "Run"
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by:Natspap
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Thank You.  The scanpst.exe utility repaired the file.
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