.ost file


Luke Chalmers

I have a user who is part of a domain and has a roaming profile. He uses a
laptop. He can access his outlook on his laptop fine when he is connected to
the network. However sometimes he needs to use another machine and when he
logs in and opens outlook he gets this message.

The path specified for the file "c:\documents and
settings\staylor.ARC\localsettings\Application data\outlook\outlook.ost is
not valid

How do I sort this out? Do i have to change something on his laptop or on
the other computer? Many thanks




Sue Mosher [MVP-Outlook]

He shouldn't be using an .ost file with roaming profiles. The LocalSettings folder doesn't roam, so he'll get an error. You can try moving the file location to a folder that does roam, but that will just cause other problems, like copying a 2GB mailbox every time he logs in.

Sue Mosher, Outlook MVP
Author of Configuring Microsoft Outlook 2003

and Microsoft Outlook Programming - Jumpstart for
Administrators, Power Users, and Developers




you can put the file on the local hard drive (the .ost file), when he is the
only one useing the laptop...
and makeing the profile, that it only snycronizes with the ADS, leaveing a
copy on the local hard drive, and NOT deleteing the copy of the Profile
everytime he logs-off.

but to change the path of a EXSISTING mail setting, you must delete a value
from the registry... (becareful !! do not delete the wrong one(s))

here is the path to the value;
NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging

and the value that needs to be deleted is;

then you can open the MAIL settings (NOT OUTLOOK directly) but under the
SYSTEM settings, MAIL... the path there can now be changed.

please let me know if you have more questions,


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