Recovering PST Password when Pst19upg Cannot Create from .psx file

Published: 19th March 2010
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Losing or forgetting PST password is common and to recover Lost PST Password, one of the most commonly used utilities is pst19upg.exe. This is a command line utility that can strip off the PST password and can aid in recovering data from a password-protected PST. But experts suggest not to run this utility without copying the PST file. The reason is running the utility can result in corrupted PST, which might add to PST inaccessibility problems.

Consider, you enforce password-protection to ensure the data confidentiality of your Outlook PST. You go for a long vacation, but after you return and try to open the PST, you realize that you cannot remember the PST password.

Further, you download the pst19upg.exe program and run 'pst19upg.exe -x filename.pst' command as the the first step of stripping off the PST password. But when you run 'pst19upg.exe -i filename.psx' command and proceed to the final step to get a password-free PST, the tool fails and seems not to create the PST from PSX file.

Such scenarios suitably depict why one should not run pst19upg.exe utility on the only copy of password-protected PST. This utility was actually designed to upgrade the PST and not to strip off the PST password and so has limited functionalities in the latter aspect.


To perform PST Password Recovery, one should first try to recall the password. It is recommended to write down the password in a file or some paper in order to avoid any password loss problems. An Outlook user can also use 'Save this password in your password list' provided the computer is not accessed and used by any other user.

Also, there are several third-party utilities available that can recover and restore Lost PST Password, without modifying the integrity of original PST file. These utilities scan the file and generate several possible password matches that can be used to open the file. Moreover, due to their user-friendly interface, these tools are easily operable.

Stellar Phoenix Outlook Password Recovery is a high-end tool designed to recover lost or forgotten PST password and supports password recovery for files created in MS Outlook 2007, 2003, 2002, and 2000. This PST Password Recovery utility creates precisely six passwords, each of which is usable to access the PST. Software generated passwords can be further copied to any text-editor or word-processor file.

About The Author: Mohit Mathur has passion for writing Technical articles. He is right now writing articles related to products like Recover PST Password & Split PST File and has now become a professional writer.

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