Jason said:This is strange. I have a password for my pst folder. When I first start
Outlook after booting, it opens without asking for a password, displaying
all the folders. If I close it and re-open later, it asks for the pw. Any
ideas why it behaves like this?
PST password protection is weak. There are many free tools available to
get the password, like Nirsoft's Mail PassView, Atomic PST Password
Recovery, Elcomsoft, and, in some cases, even Microsoft's pst19upg.exe
utility. It was designed more as a nuisance method of protection, like
the wire "lock" on electric meters that is easily cut with a wire snips,
than of really protecting the content of the .pst file.
Since you're talking about a .pst file, you're using POP to access your
e-mail accounts. IMAP, Outlook Hotmail Connector, and EAS use .ost
files and not .pst files. Besides POP accounts, do you have an Exchange
account defined in Outlook? Even with "Always prompt for a password" is
enabled, it only applies when making a connection to the Exchange
server. If you cancel that password prompt, you can still access the
other cached data for Outlook. For an Exchange account, you would have
to enable the "always prompt for password" option AND disable the Cached
Exchange Mode (which will impact the responsiveness of Outlook as to
your view of your Exchange account).
Do you have Windows configured to automatically log you in (i.e., you
don't stop at a login screen when starting Windows) or do you actually
have to enter your login credentials before you can get into your
Do you have more than one .pst file getting opened by Outlook? For
example, if you use its auto-archive feature, you might have opened and
configure Outlook to always open the archive.pst file. You can open
other .pst files which will show as their own tree in the navpane.
Are you using multiple mail profiles with Outlook? Go into Control
Panel and run the Mail applet. Click on "Show profiles". How many are
there? If more than one, is the "Prompt for a profile to be used"
selected or not? I mention this because maybe one of the prompts you
see isn't requesting a password but for you to elect a mail profile
(which then would select which .pst file to load and maybe you have a
mix of .pst files where some are password protected and some are not).