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    lost password (2000)

    OK, I've gone and done the old classic blunder and lost the passwords required to open some of my old Word docs.

    Does anyone know of a good password cracker which will at least give me 2 or 3 cracks for free, even if it just gave me the first couple of letters it would probably be enough to trigger my memory.

    Thanks,

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    Re: lost password (2000)

    Believe it or not, I don't trust any of those programs. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    The earlier version of StarOffice - 5.x I believe, or the beta of 6.0 - would open Word documents without requiring the password. To enhance corporate acceptance, this feature was removed, and such documents now cannot be opened in StarOffice 6.0/OpenOffice.org 1.0. (Microsoft doesn't document the interface, but apparently the encryption isn't very strong.) I don't know if it's still available for download, but you could try to find it.

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    Re: lost password (2000)

    Try at http://www.elcomsoft.com/aoxppr.html

    I can't vouch personally for this program, but the site says:

    Advanced Office XP Password Recovery (or AOXPPR for short) is a program to recover the lost or forgotten passwords to the files/documents created in the following applications (all versions up to 2002/XP):
    Microsoft Word
    password to open
    password to modify
    document protection password
    VBA project password *

    * Professional edition only

    "Unregistered (trial) version can be used during 30 days after installation (although it doesn't expire, actually) and has some limitations. "

    HTH

    Alan

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    Re: lost password (2000)

    Thanks Alan, that almost did the trick.

    Unfortunately the trial version only looks for passwords up to 4 chars in length and mine are longer <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>.

    I would register one of these programs if they were a bit cheaper but every vendor seems to want to charge an arm and a leg.

    I wonder how easy it is to write one of these things... <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    Btw - like the photo.

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    Re: lost password (2000)

    Pity it didn't work for you Adam. Mind you, if you did consider buying such software, I would deliberately give that one the miss, in return for their deliberately vague "some limitations" wording. In other words, our aim is to sucker you into downloading this entirely crippled/ useless demo in the hope that you'll give up & pay us money.

    This is another that might be worth a punt: http://www.downloadfreetrial.com/uti.../util5290.html

    Good luck

    Alan

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