Solved

OE Password Reg Key

Posted on 2009-05-13
4
1,319 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi,
I have a hard drive from a fried XP PC, and was able to retrieve all the files from it, including the registry files.

On the replacement computer, I moved all the files over. I was able to find, in the old CURRENT_USER registry section from the old computer, the Outlook Express mail account settings for the users e-mail at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Account Manager\Accounts\00000001. There is a REG_BINARY type value there called "POP3 Password2" which holds either the password or some info about the password. I thought I might be able to copy this info to the new CURRENT_USER registry on the new XP installation to create the account and transfer the password.

I created the e-mail account in OE by using the info from the old HKEY\CU. Since I don't know the actual PW for the account, I entered a temporary PW. Then I went to copy the old POP3 Password2 value data to the new POP3 Password2 value. Well, I found that the binary data in both the old and the new value was identical, even though the two PWs were different.

So, what is the data in the POP3 Password2 value actually used for, and where is the password itself? Is there some hidden data somewhere? Is there anyway to retrieve the old OE mail account password from the old drive when the drive cannot be used to boot the system?

Thanks for your help,
Bill
0
Comment
Question by:westone
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
4 Comments
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:jcimarron
ID: 24378098
westone--Perhaps of help
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/mailpv.html
0
 
LVL 50

Accepted Solution

by:
jcimarron earned 500 total points
ID: 24378331
westone--This reference should help your understanding
http://www.whatsmypass.com/?p=405  It also offers a software tool.
http://www.iopus.com/guides/oe-backup.htm
I think my OE password is here (encrytped of course) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Account Manager\Accounts\00000001
As you can see there is quite a bit of disagreement on just where the OE passwords are stored in the Registry.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:westone
ID: 31581025
Thanks!
0
 
LVL 50

Expert Comment

by:jcimarron
ID: 24379724
westone--You are welcome!
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Issue: Unstable cursor in Windows XP and Windows runs extremely slow in that any click will bring up the Hour glass (sometimes for several seconds before giving you what you want) . Troubleshooting Process and the FINAL FIX: This issue see…
Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you s…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
Attackers love to prey on accounts that have privileges. Reducing privileged accounts and protecting privileged accounts therefore is paramount. Users, groups, and service accounts need to be protected to help protect the entire Active Directory …

732 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question