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A quick fix for Outlook 2010 not opening when you do not have permissions to access the outlook.pst file

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For anyone who has run into a message when trying to open Outlook - this applies specifically to version 2010 but it may happen with other versions - which goes something like “The set of folders cannot be opened. You do not have permissions to open the outlook.pst file” (the message may vary) then here’s one very quick fix you should try before anything else.

First find the offending file in Windows Explorer, then right click on it and choose “Properties”. If you see a tick on the box next to “Read-only” then try to clear it then click ok. Then cross your fingers and try to start Outlook again.

Why this happens is a complete mystery - some one or some thing changes that file to read only. It may just be a bug in Windows but it’s always worthwhile keeping your virus software and anti-spyware software updated and run a full scan every couple of weeks or so.

Avast free antivirus 2015 seems to be doing a very good job on my computer, after AVG started causing annoying things to happen to me (including crashing my PC) so give that a try if you’re looking to try something new but aren’t sure which one to get. Just spend a little time after you’ve installed it to turn off the exceptionally annoying voice messages it churns out whenever it does something. For anti-spyware try SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition - the free version will only run when you tell it to - the paid version will give you constant protection but, as with virus protection, a strict regime of vigilance and regular scanning will go a long way to keeping your computer free of nasties.

Remember, the very best protector of your computer… is you. Don’t get fooled by bogus emails - they’re all out to get you, suspect EVERYTHING!

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Support our caregiving

If you found anything on this site of use, interesting, or even mildly amusing then please consider dropping a few pennies in the jar to help us to take care of our disabled son who contracted encephalitis in 2007 at the age of 6 and who is now confined to a wheelchair. He is getting bigger as his mother and I get older, imagine that, please. Every penny we collect goes towards his upkeep, and towards his future care requirements.

Thank you.