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PstPassword v1.

Copyright (c) 2006 - 2017 Nir Sofer
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PstPassword is a small utility that recover lost password of Outlook .PST

(Personal Folders) file.

System Requirements

This utility can recover the PST passwords of Outlook 97, Outlook 2000,
Outlook XP, Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, and
Outlook 2016. You don't have to install MS-Outlook in order to use this
utility. You only need the original PST file that you locked with a

Versions History

* Version 1.20:
o Fixed to automatically detect the correct location of PST files
on Outlook 2013/2016 ( C:\Users\[User Profile]\Documents\Outlook
Files ).

* Version 1.17:
o Removed the command-line options that export the passwords to a
file from the official version. A version of this tool with full
command-line support will be posted on separated Web page.

* Version 1.16:
o Added 'Copy First Password' option (Ctrl+P).

* Version 1.15:
o Added 'Add Header Line To CSV/Tab-Delimited File' option. When
this option is turned on, the column names are added as the first
line when you export to csv or tab-delimited file.
o You can now send the pst passwords list to stdout by specifying
an empty filename ("") in the command-line of all save parameters.
For example: PstPassword.exe /stab "" >> c:\temp\passwords.txt

* Version 1.12:
o Added /pstfiles command-line option.

* Version 1.11:
o Fixed bug: The dates displayed in system locale format, instead
of user locale.
* Version 1.10:
o Added documentation to save command-line options.
o Added new command-line option: /pstpath
o Added option to save as comma-delimited (.csv) text file.
o Fixed bug: The main window lost the focus when the user switched
to another application and then returned back to PstPassword.

* Version 1.02 - The configuration is now saved to a file instead of

the Registry.
* Version 1.01 - New option: Get More Passwords - Displays 100
additional passwords for the selected pst file.
* Version 1.00 - First release.

Password Encryption in PST File


The password encryption in the PST file is very weak, and for each
password-protected PST file, there are many passwords that can open it.
PstPassword provides 3 different passwords for each password-protected
PST file. It's possible that one of them will be the origianl password
that you typed, and it's also possible that none of these passwords will
be identical to the original one. However, all 3 passwords provided by
PstPassword will open the PST file without problems.
For more interesting facts about the PST password encryption, click here.

Using PstPassword

PstPassword doesn't require any installation process or additional dll

files. In order to start using it, just run the executable file,
After you run PstPassword, the main window displays the list of all PST
files of the current logged on user (Under Documents and Settings\User
Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook). For each
password-protected PST file, PstPassword provide 3 alternative passwords
that will open the PST file. If the PST is not protected by a password,
the 3 password columns remain empty, and the CRC value column is
If you want to recover a password of PST file that doesn't appear in the
default list, you can press F7 and select the desired PST file, or simply
drag the PST file from Explorer window into the main window of
If from some reason PstPassword fails to read a PST file, an error
message is displayed under the error column, and the item is painted with
pink color.

Command-Line Options

/stext <Filename>
Save the list of PST passwords into a regular text file.

/stab <Filename>
Save the list of PST passwords into a tab-delimited text file.

/scomma <Filename>
Save the list of PST passwords into a comma-delimited text file.

/stabular <Filename>
Save the list of PST passwords into a tabular text file.

/shtml <Filename>
Save the list of PST passwords into HTML file (Horizontal).

/sverhtml <Filename>
Save the list of PST passwords into HTML file (Vertical).

/sxml <Filename>
Save the list of PST passwords to XML file.

/pstpath <Folder>
Specify the folder that contains the PST files. If you don't specify this
parameter, the default Outlook path is used.

/pstfiles <PST File 1> <PST File 2>...

Specify one or more pst files to load.

PstPassword.exe /stab "c:\temp\pass.txt"
PstPassword.exe /stab "c:\temp\pass.txt" /pstpath "c:\temp\pst-files"
PstPassword.exe /scomma "c:\temp\pass.txt" /pstfiles
"c:\temp\pst-files\pst1.pst" "c:\temp\pst-files\pst2.pst"

Translating PstPassword To Another Language


PstPassword allows you to easily translate all menus, dialog-boxes, and

other strings to other languages.
In order to do that, follow the instructions below:
1. Run PstPassword with /savelangfile parameter:
PstPassword.exe /savelangfile
A file named PstPassword_lng.ini will be created in the folder of
PstPassword utility.
2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text
3. Translate all menus, dialog-boxes, and string entries to the
desired language.
4. After you finish the translation, Run PstPassword, and all
translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
If you want to run PstPassword without the translation, simply rename
the language file, or move it to another folder.

This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely
distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any
other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this. If you
distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution
package, without any modification !


The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed
or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of
merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not
be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages
due to loss of data or any other reason.


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