Help needed with old software, lost password, possible reinstall

Discussion in 'Application Software' started by SL2, Jul 24, 2019.

  1. SL2

    SL2 MDL Member

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    #1 SL2, Jul 24, 2019
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  2. GodHand

    GodHand MDL Senior Member

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    The old password is likely stored in an encrypted form in the credential file, which is located at: [Windows Profile]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Credentials\[Random ID] and [Windows Profile]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Credentials\[Random ID]

    That said, it will be in an encrypted form. There are ways to decrypt credential files but I am not going to publicly provide ways to do that for obvious reasons.

    The password hash or salted password encryption file could also be stored in the [Windows Profile]\Application Data directory in the TEC Vista folder. A salted password cannot be reverted back to a readable string, however.
     
  3. SL2

    SL2 MDL Member

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    Thank you for the help, much appreciated.

    I'm sorry but I forgot to mention one important thing, this is on Windows NT 4.0.

    The file structure is obviously quite different from anything that came after it, even W2000 as I recall it.

    Anyway, you gave me some ideas for what to look/search for.
     
  4. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Should be all under \WINNT\Profiles on NT 4.0.
     
  5. SL2

    SL2 MDL Member

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    We found out that the program adds a space " " if no new password is entered. In hindsight, this makes sense.

    Thanks for your help! :cheers: