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    OUtlook suddenly requesting password (Office 2003)

    I have just re-formatted my hard drive and done a clean install.

    When I went to load my main .PST file, the system asked for a password. As I am the only user, on this PC, I have never bothered. I certainly never used one when logging in.

    My Back-ups also require a password so they don't help either.

    Any suggestions please?


    (I have 4 other .PST files, each of which loaded OK)

    Colin

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    Re: OUtlook suddenly requesting password (Office 2003)

    Have you tired the "Enter Key" as the password?

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    Re: OUtlook suddenly requesting password (Office 2

    If Dave's suggestion of the Enter key as the password doesn't work, you may be up a creek. The password on PST files is near impossible to get around, I'd recommend trying various passwords that you have used in the past as well.
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    Re: OUtlook suddenly requesting password (Office 2

    Yes, I had tried the "Enter" key in case that had been set.

    I also downloaded a demo version of a pasword cracker. This apparently can crack it, but in demo mode (quite understandably), it only shows the first two characters.

    I know for 110% certain that I have never ever used that combination as a password in the past. So it appears to have been system generated somehow.

    Ah well, I may have to buy a "cracker".

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    Re: OUtlook suddenly requesting password (Office 2

    How did you restore this PST file to your new formatted disk?
    Also if from a CD, did you check to see if the restored copy is "Read Only"?

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    Re: OUtlook suddenly requesting password (Office 2

    Sorry

    I didn't mention this earlier.

    I hold my data on a separate physical hard disk.

    So no restoration was needed. I only formatted my C: drive.

    My back-ups are also just done with a straight forward batch file running through all the directories I back-up


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    Re: OUtlook suddenly requesting password (Office 2

    If you are running Windows XP, I have had similar problem. I ended up in importing the old pst file into the new one and have NOT had any problems since.

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    Re: OUtlook suddenly requesting password (Office 2

    didn't work

    I hadn't even thought of trying that however, but when I import, it asks for a password

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    Re: OUtlook suddenly requesting password (Office 2

    When you formatted and set up the OS, did you use the same Windows account name on the new one as you did on the old one?
    Even if you did, the pst files may think it is owned by the old account and is protecting you from yourself.

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