Properties for this information service must be defined prior to use Outlook Error
Microsoft always tries to ease the users with improvements to its applications features. Each new version of application states the achievement of Microsoft, gaining control over previous limitations. As for example, Outlook 2003 and its later version gain the benefit of support to Unicode format and multilingual data. But sometimes, these achievements may prove to be wrong, when the matter of version incompatibility steps in.
Actually when you try to get interact the two incompatible versions in any of the way, problems are obvious. Like if you will try to import the PST, created in Outlook 2003 or later to the earlier one, then with the failure of the process, you may get the following error message:
Properties for this information service must be defined prior to use."
Clicking Ok will generate another one stating:
The file pathfilename.pst is not compatible with this version of Personal Folders information service. Contact your administrator."
As has been discussed, this probably occurs due to the version incompatibility issues. The unsupportive nature to multilingual data and Unicode format is the reason why the importing is being resisted. So first save it as the earlier version PST and then attempt importing. However, if version incompatibility is none of the issue and you are getting this error message in else way, then the severe chances is for the corruption to the PST file.
PST Corruption, needing Outlook PST recovery, is the intolerable instance for the Outlook users as this is the cumulative house of all the e-mails, journals, tasks, notes and other Outlook objects. So first try to use the inbuilt utility, Inbox Repair Tool, to fix the issue.
However in case of failure like getting some error message, PST Recovery is easy through the third party applications which use the scanning algorithms and retrieve the data. Applicable for all the cases of corruption, these Outlook PST Recovery software have the power to repair and restore the data effectively.
The easiest and effectual PST Recovery can be welcomed by using Stellar Phoenix Outlook PST repair. This application has the great power to scan the file systematically and work out PST Recovery for Outlook 98, 2000, 2002 and 2007. Stellars PST Recovery software grants its use for all the e-mails, notes, journals, tasks and rest other Outlook objects.