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Further to my previous question ... brief summary ...

  • stolen laptop
  • found old harddrive
  • booted from it & auto into gogole talk

but, now, presumably since the harddrive is in a different PC, Widows Vista declares it self to be invalid.

I do not have the old password, but Vista was auto-starting Gogole Talk & I could see my mails (can't answer the recovery questions)

Now I have managed to mount the harddrive externally and use NIRsoft's Reg File Export to export the registry hive HKEY_current_user\software\google, which I will post below, changing only my email address.

I imported this into the registry on the new machine and when I start Gogole Talk it shows the correct email address, but the password field is blank, despite being in the registry hive.

Does anyone know how to decrypt the password? I googled & downloaded a bunch or programs which claim to, but they could not...

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


[hkey_current_user\software\google\Google Talk]

[hkey_current_user\software\google\Google Talk\Accounts]

[hkey_current_user\software\google\Google Talk\Accounts\]
"pw"="`somesort of password hash`"

[hkey_current_user\software\google\Google Talk\Autoupdate]
"AppPath"="C:\\Users\\user\\AppData\\Local\\Google\\Google Talk\\"
"AvailableDescription"="Google Talk Update"
"LaunchParameter"="/S upgrade"

[hkey_current_user\software\google\Google Talk\Options]

[hkey_current_user\software\google\Google Talk\Process]

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So you decided to share your password with everyone? That doesn't seem entirely wise. – Zoredache Mar 7 '12 at 1:23
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You can use this program to obtain the existing password, but a better solution would be to retrieve it with Google's password assistance.

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+1 for taking the time to reply. I already tried that & wrote to their tech support (still waiting). AS stated, I do not have enough info for google tech help – Mawg Mar 7 '12 at 10:34

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