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    Password Pal

    Is anyone familiar with this long-standing very handy utility: PASSWORD PAL? I just transferred it from old computer (Win ME) to new computer (Vista). Also imported the password file (it's in a perhaps proprietary .PPD format). The program installed and I can activate it -- but it does not recognize the .PPD database file. The co. (Dotted Decimal Software) seems to have disappeared, so can't ask them for help. Hope somebody out there can assist.

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    Re: Password Pal

    I can't find any previous mention of Password Pal on Woody's Lounge...

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    Re: Password Pal

    I would think if the producer is no longer in business there's a high chance the older software is not Vista compatible, but of course that's a guess.

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    Re: Password Pal

    The readme offers the following troubleshooting, if it's of any help:

    Troubleshooting
    Message: Password Pal was unable to initialize the default cryptographic provider.
    This can happen in a couple of instances. If you are on a Windows 95 system it probably happened because you were not properly logged on at startup (i.e. clicked Cancel when logging onto a network). If you are running Windows NT your account probably doesn't have a sufficient privilege level to access cryptographic services (you should talk to an account administrator for help).

    Message: The Microsoft CryptoAPI libraries are not installed on your machine. These files are required for Password Pal to function.
    Your system does not meet one of the minimum requirements above. Probably the easiest solution for now is to install the latest version of Internet Explorer from http://www.microsoft.com/ie.

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    Re: Password Pal

    ALAN: Thanks for taking the time to reply. As I pointed out in my original post (at least I hope I did), I had been using PASSWORD PAL for years on an old Win ME computer. Now I have installed it on my new 64-bit Vista machine. It does work and I can indeed use it if I forget about the long list of passwords and start a new list. I copied that database file (writerbob.ppd) from the old computer using a flash drive and then copied it into the new Vista machine, into the Password Pal folder. The program seems to know it's there -- it shows up when I try to access it -- but won't let me open it.

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    Re: Password Pal

    You might right-click the file and check the Properties dialog for anything unusual, whether it's a read-only attribute or a security setting that doesn't match the application's newly created ppd file.

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    Re: Password Pal

    Just a wild guess, but did the PPD file copy across as read-only?

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    Re: Password Pal

    Hi Bob

    Passpal.cnt, PassPal.GID, PassPal.hlp are all Help files.
    PassPal.exe is the program itself.
    User.ppd is a PostScript Printer Description

    Is all I know I am afraid but I hope that helps

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    Re: Password Pal

    Steve

    I think this may be an example of Extension Letters Reuse, and that user.ppd is actually the password file for Password Pal...
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    Re: Password Pal

    Hi

    Yes you are dead right, .ppd is password pal database. the screen shot below shows all of the other extensions. Out of interest the software is still available at PC World

    http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,...,3/reviews.html

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    Re: Password Pal

    That location is what prompted my "speculation" in my earlier post that it's not Vista compatible.
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    Re: Password Pal

    STEVE: The .GID file is not an actual part of the working program. It wasn't on the old computer and so it didn't transfer here to new computer.

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    Re: Password Pal

    Wow, I thought you just might have the answer, it seemed so logical. Unfortunately, that was not the case. All the files had no attributes checked, not Read or Hidden. Burrowing further into those blasted permissions and security settings, everything was same.

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    Re: Password Pal

    ALAN: I had the same thought. Unfortunately, not the answer. Across all files no attributes were checked and all security settings were the same.

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    Re: Password Pal

    Into which folder did you put the .ppd file?

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