Why would passwords (Outlook, Win Live Mail, Skype etc) be lost upon restart?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Milhouse Van Houten, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. I've noticed that with almost every restart (not all) of Vista SP1 x86 that
    certain programs lose their passwords: Outlook 2007, Windows Live Mail,
    Skype, AIM, and one or two others (not IE).

    Since Protected Storage is read-only[1] in Vista, I take it that all these
    programs use the newer Data Protection API[2].

    Question: Why does this happen and what can be done about it? It's quite
    annoying to have to re-enter all the passwords each time you boot, though as
    long as I don't reboot the apps remember them perfectly (this isn't the old
    "Outlook doesn't remember my password" problem).

    I've seen some advice to delete the contents of this folder (there about 10
    small files in it dating back over the last several months), but I'm not
    sure it applies in this case.
    %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Protect

    [1] http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb432403.aspx
    [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_protection_API

    Thanks
     
    Milhouse Van Houten, Dec 17, 2008
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    Hugh Jeego Guest

    Never had that problem here. I would suggest something got into your machine
    or scrambled needed stuff. I would run an SFC /scannow and then if that
    doesnt fix it, uninstall Office 2007, reboot and install it again. The only
    time I had passwords not working was with Outlook 2002 and Vista. It wont
    remember the passwords with that version.
     
    Hugh Jeego, Dec 22, 2008
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    Rufus Guest

    A similar thing happened to me when I removed the logon password. All the
    mail user names and passwords were erased. Had to re-enter all of them.
    Avraham
     
    Rufus, Jan 2, 2009
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