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Sometime last week I changed the password to my email account for Microsoft Outlook Express on my home computer. I thought it was an easy-to-remember password but days later when I tried it, I couldn't remember the right combination of what I used. I know that I am very close to it but I just cannot get in.

I remember a very long time ago it was easy to get the password because I could find it on the Windows registry but as I understand it, that is now encrypted (and I may have used a program that I downloaded to get it).

And to make this situation even more dire, I just got laid off of my job so I want to email lots of people I know who now work at different places to get any leads. So I desperately got to find a way to get into Outlook Express so I can start using my email again and start getting a hold of people. My computer is using Windows XP.

So any ideas, tips, programs I can download, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Are you technically inclined at all? Or do you have any super geek friends?

Assuming that you're using Windows, add an entry to your HOSTS file that maps your mail server address to 127.0.0.1. Then reboot your computer or run "ipconfig /flushdns" from a command prompt. Next time you try checking your email, Outlook will actually try to connect to your own computer, thinking it's your mail server. Now all you have to do is install or write some software that emulates a POP3 server, but in actuality just displays the password Outlook sends it. I'm not sure of where you could find something like that though. It would be easy to write though.

Then again... Scratch all that... it's probably just easier to download and install Wireshark. It's an open-source packet sniffer that can read the password from your network connection as it's sent to the mail server. It might take a bit of know-how to get set up, but probably easier than my first idea.

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Unfortunately, I am not anywhere as technically inclined as I used to be.

However, the link that cap1kid provided looks like it has everything I need to get back into Outlook Express. The only drawback is that I need to find some user feedback on it. There are a lot of cheap software programs that promise to do everything so if I could find something that other people say really works, then that would be great! I am very low on cash so I don't want to spend it on stuff that doesn't work. If I could find a program that was free, that would evern be better.

I am about 99 percent complete with my resume. I need to use the weekend to flood the market with it. I still haven't been laid off yet but that could happen at any moment.

If worse comes to worse, I will just create another email account but I would really want to find a way to get back in because of the address book.

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Unfortunately, I am not anywhere as technically inclined as I used to be.

However, the link that cap1kid provided looks like it has everything I need to get back into Outlook Express. The only drawback is that I need to find some user feedback on it. There are a lot of cheap software programs that promise to do everything so if I could find something that other people say really works, then that would be great! I am very low on cash so I don't want to spend it on stuff that doesn't work. If I could find a program that was free, that would evern be better.

I am about 99 percent complete with my resume. I need to use the weekend to flood the market with it. I still haven't been laid off yet but that could happen at any moment.

If worse comes to worse, I will just create another email account but I would really want to find a way to get back in because of the address book.

If all you really need is your address book from Outlook Express, you could create a new email address and import the .wab file from your old account into the new profile.

Here, try this:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270670

Also, here's an answer from Experts Exchange. As long as you still have all of your pop3 information to set up your email, just create a new identity and then follow the steps from the link above. Then delete your old identity, the one you cannot remember the password to.

Here's a link to delete the identity:

http://www.insideoutlookexpress.com/faqs/how.htm#delnopass

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