How to Fix Outlook Error “You Don’t Have Appropriate Permission To Perform This Operation”

If you are an Outlook user then you might face an error “you don’t have appropriate permission to perform this operation”. The error appears when your Outlook PST data have some restrictions in Outlook permission to access those data. The error will restrict the navigation further into the MIcrosoft Outlook account and the user might get stuck in this situation. The permission restriction issue in MS Outlook occurs in two cases –

  1. After the MS Windows OS Update.
  2. Permission to Access the MS Outlook PST data.

After the MS Windows OS Update, users might face a popup with an error while logging in into the Microsoft Outlook account.

Why Does this Error appear in a User’s Outlook Account?

User faces the error “you don’t have appropriate permission to perform this operation” when he forgets to set the permission to access the Microsoft Outlook PST file data. Mostly the error occurs when the user updates the Operating system. When you log in to your old Microsoft account using the updated version of Windows OS, then it will appear. Usually, it happens when the Outlook PST (Personal Storage Table) files are still in use in some place. To resolve the issue, follow the below provided steps.

Methods to Fix “You Don’t Have Appropriate Permission To Perform This Operation”

We have listed some of the manual strategies here to resolve this Microsoft Outlook error. Follow the steps as provided below.

Method 1: Run MS Outlook As Administrator

Note: If you are running Outlook as Administrator then skip this method and move to the next one.

  • Exit your Outlook program.
  • In Windows search field, type “Outlook.exe”
  • Right click on the Outlook.exe option, and choose Run as administrator in the drop down.

If you are unable to find the Run as Administrator option, then you can press “Ctrl+Shift+Alt” together and right click it and you will get to see the option.

If still the issue persists, move to the next method.

Method 2: Change “PSTDisableGrow” Registry Key Value

By changing the “PSTDisableGrow” key value from 1 to 0, some Outlook users were able to fix the issue. To do so, follow the given steps –

  1. Press “Windows+R” and type regedit.
  2. Navigate the PSTDisableGrow registry key. Browse to the below location –


Note: Put your Outlook version in place of xx.0. For example: change xx.0 to 19.0 for MS Outlook version 2019, 16.0 for MS Outlook 2016 and MS Office 365, 15.0 for MS Outlook 2013, 14.0 for MS Outlook 2010, and 12.0 for MS Outlook 2007.

  • Right-click on PSTDisableGrow and then choose Edit.
  • A dialog box will appear, replace the value data from 1 to 0.

Restart the Outlook program once the changes are applied and then check if the error is now resolved or not.

Professional Solution to Resolve Error “You Don’t Have Appropriate Permission To Perform This Operation”

If the above manual methods help to fix the error, then repairing the Outlook PST file may help to resolve the issue. Users can use the inbuilt Outlook Inbox repair tool (Outlook Scanpst.exe). The Inbox repair tool may fail to repair corrupt PST files under the following circumstances.

  • Oversized PST file.
  • Scanpst.exe is unable to repair high level corruption.

Users can also use an alternative to Scanpst.exe. Outlook PST Repair Tool by Data Recovery Solutions. The software is designed on a smooth user-friendly GUI and the user doesn’t require any technical expertise to perform the recovery using the utility. It is capable of restoring the entire data from the corrupt PST file and bringing them back to the healthy stage. Easily recovers all the Outlook mailbox items including emails, attachments, contacts, etc. using LMbyte Outlook PST repair tool effortlessly.

Wrapping Up

For the Outlook users facing error “you don’t have appropriate permission to perform this operation”, we have discussed manual as well as the automated professional solution to fix it. There might be chances that manual methods would not be able to fix the error, so users can try repairing the PST file using Outlook Inbox Repair tool. If the size of the PST file is large and it is severely damaged, then it might fail to repair. In this situation, you can use a professional Outlook PST repair tool which can easily repair all the corrupt PST data without any hassle.