The nice part of this answer is if you write it's not worth that much then you just set a price on those files.
backed up all files to external hard drive & a flash drive. After unsuccessful attempts to access any files I finally found a way to do it. Only to discover that I need the original password used when I set up my 2003 Office email and accompanying calendar. I have tried every password I can remember from 2003 but nothing will open the folder. I have a fairly consistant logon name but I used to be more "creative" with passwords. The popup window that asks for login info. shows up repeatedly requesting the password.
HELP. thanks Holly
Thanks, but I'm not sure where I wrote that the files weren't worth that much. They are important files regarding my business info.
And WOW the cost to retrieve a lost password (thank for link !) is more than I can spend. I just purchased a new laptop and my desktop is barely 1 year old. It's those files I transferred but can't access.
you indicated that the files aren't worth that much (as Bob hinted) --
"And WOW the cost to retrieve a lost password (thank for link !) is more than I can spend. I just purchased a new laptop and my desktop is barely 1 year old. It's those files I transferred but can't access."
The cost of recovery is one good reason for backing up that which we do not want to risk loosing.
Having said this, there is one site that you might want to visit to download a couple of password recovery tools that are application oriented (such as MS Outlook specific) and that would be here -
No guarantee but since you have already indicated the cost is too high trying these can't hurt.
Although I know you are trying to help me, you're not getting what I'm saying:
I backed up files ("one reason to backup)
I cannot remember the passcode established in 2003
I can't affort $300 to remember it
The files are important as 2003 was one of my best years since inception in 1992 but 70% of those customers have either moved, passed away or pets have passed on
files are taking up lots of space on hard drive, flash drive and external back up but I can't access them because I can't remember my passcode established in 2003 so I can't delete obsolete files either.
My only solution is to go onto a really old computer and access it's hard drive, delete old files and backup again with the ones I need.
If I get audited in 2010 I will need the financial info. in those files.
No biggie, I'm sure I'll figure something out it will just take 100% more time than I wanted to spend. That's life :-).
try office password recovery tool 5.0 from http://www.recoverlostpassword.com/products/officepasswordrecovery.html
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