How to Fix Outlook Error 0x80040600 on Microsoft Windows

In this guide, we will talk about how to fix Microsoft Outlook Error 0x80040600 that happens on Windows OS. Often some users may have noticed that they are not able to send emails, create drafts, journals, etc out of nowhere. They receive the error message with the above code. Of course, for someone who uses Outlook for the above features, it would be a nightmare to be not able to use Outlook.

We have explained in details in this guide about what exactly is this error that happens with MS Outlook. Also, as we do in every other guide of ours, we have put up the solution to this technical problem as well.

Microsoft Outlook as we know is a part of the MS-Office Suite. Though it mainly serves the purpose as an email application, it can also be used for calendar, task manager, virtual notepad, journal creation, etc. Users also refer to MS Outlook as a Personal Information Manager. One can use it as a personal stand-alone app for email related stuff. However, Outlook can also be used along with MS Exchange Server or SharePoint Server for a number of users in an organization. The outlook is also available for popular mobile platforms like iOS and Android.

How to Fix Microsoft Outlook Error 0x80040060

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What is Microsoft Outlook Error 0x80040600

This issue happens due to the corruption of the PST files in Microsoft Outlook. When it happens, users should get messages like Outlook error 0x80040600 or Outlook 0x80040600 error. Also, the user may get the message, An unknown error has occurred 0x80040600. If the user is trying to send a mail,  create a journal or perform any associated function of the Outlook, then he will get any of the three error messages. They all are the same anyway. When this error occurs, the user will most probably lose the various data and information he had stored on the Outlook.

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How to Solve the 0x80040600 Error on Outlook.?

Now, that we know in detail regarding the problem, we’ll now move ahead and see what we can do to solve it for good. We have to make use of an inbuilt system tool from Microsoft to solve this issue. This tool goes by the name of, Inbox Repair Tool. Also, it is called ScanPST.exe.

First, you have to locate the PST files.

  • On your PC/laptop open Microsoft Outlook
  • Go to Account Settings under Tools
  • Click on Data Files
  • When you see the data file or PST file copy down its path.

Locating the  ScanPST Tool

Before using the tool, you have to locate where it is present. For the different versions of Outlook, the path of this tool’s location is different as well. Let me put it up here in a tabular manner to make the tool easily accessible to you depending on whatever version of Outlook you are using.

   Outlook version    ScanPST Tool Location (Path)
Outlook 2007 C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\ (32-bit )

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\ (64-bit)

Outlook 2010  C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\ (32-bit)

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\(64-bit)

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\(64-bit)

Outlook 2013 C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\(32-bit )

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15\(64-bit )

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\ (64-bit)

Outlook 2016  C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16 (32-bit)

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office16 (64-bit)

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office16 (64-bit)

Outlook 2019  C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office19

Using the Inbox Repair Tool

  • Make sure that you have closed the MS Outlook.
  • Open ScanPST.exe
  • You will see a prompt to enter the file name that you wish to scan.
  • Then simply paste the path you copied in the last step of the previous section.
  • Finally, click on Start


Thought the tool is from Microsoft and is free of cost, making use of the Inbox Repair Tool cannot really guarantee the troubleshoot. Also, if the PST file is large, then to fix the issue a lot of time will be taken.

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If the above fix around with the ScanPST tool did not solve the outlook Error, then there is another alternative to that as well.

  • Create a new Microsoft Outlook PST file.
  • Set a new Unicode format
  • Then, set this file as the default file
  • Import your old PST file data

That’s it, guys. This was all about how to fix the Microsoft Outlook Error 0x80040060 on any Windows PC. We hope that you found the guide informative.

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