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Tips To Resolve Outlook Fatal error: 80040819

Along with widely serving users an an email client, MS Outlook also provide its users with a tool called scanpst.exe to fix any corruption issues with the Outlook data. The scanpst.exe also called Inbox repair tool in its working at first examines the damaged PST file and then tries to repair it. It checks the directory structure of PST file and analyze headers of all the email items. However, the tool is not capable of fixing all the issues. At this point user needs to have either a complete backup of the data or a third party Outlook PST recovery software.

Many times when an Inbox repair tool fails to fix Outlook issue it sends user some error messages, one of them is as below:

"scanpst.exe fails with fatal error: 80040819"

The possible reasons for this error could be the PST file brought from an earlier versions of Outlook like Outlook 2002 to the advanced version such as Outlook 2007. There is big difference between the size limit of the two versions as 2002 has 2GB whereas 2007 has 20 GB. The fatal error: 80040819 appears with a .pst file with bigger size that scanpst.exe cannot repair.


Due to this error user cannot start the Outlook application and access any essential data in the PST file. Users are also not able to send or receive emails.

In order to fix the issue user can try the following:

  • Use PST Crop Tool to minimize the overall size of PST file. But before that create a complete backup file.
  • Try to fix the problem by moving the file to an earlier version of Outlook.
  • However, if the PST file is still damaged then use third party PST recovery software to overcome this fatal error: 80040819.

The Outlook PST recovery tool is provided with a great repair utility and very powerful features to repair the corruption easily and quickly within minimum possible time. It is very easy to use this tool with its self-descriptive interface.

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