Yes, it very much is connected with the UID, actually, the .PWL file.
This provides a small, but at least some, amount of securitty.
So, in the beginning, you create a set of offline folders in your laptop.
(Be careful, it defaults to the Windows folder). The password list file
(.PWL) that was active when you created the .OST controls access to the
.OST. So, when you start windows, and get the login window, do not hit
<cancel-button>, do not hit <ESC>-Key. You have to go through the login, so
that pwl file is active. This may mean waiting for several network time
> I have a question about the Profile UID that exists in the following
>branch of the registry:
> How does the profile UID get set and what does it do? Does it have any
>effect on letting someone open an OST file while off-line?