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,