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Topic closed. 5 replies. Last post 11 years ago by hypersoniq.

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Posted: November 18, 2005, 10:20 am - IP Logged

i put all of my numbers and tool etc.. in 2 Word2002 documents, setup a password for them and saved them on my laptop. but 2 days ago, i decided to move the documents to my Thumb Drive so that i can work on them during my free time at work. But, when i try opening the 2 documents, i get error messages after i enter the password; for one document it says: invalid path (in short) for the other one it doesn't even recognize the password. i tried a Hex Editor, but i don't even know where to start with it.

Microsoft says that if that happens, you're on your own, and just trash you doc. anyone has idea of what i should do? Serious replies only please

Also, i decided to post this question after i saw that some of us here were getting help about using Excel.

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    Posted: November 18, 2005, 10:26 am - IP Logged

    The best advise I can give you is one make sure your useing the same ver. of word at work.

    The 2nd best adise I can give you is try moving them back to your laptop. That might help. The string it's looking for might be on the laptop.

    The only other thing i can say is do some searches on google. There is always someone out there that has had the same problem or something simular to the problem to help guide you.


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      Posted: November 18, 2005, 10:39 am - IP Logged

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        Posted: November 18, 2005, 12:24 pm - IP Logged

        thank you guys for replying. i moved them back to my laptop. still get the same error messages.

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          Posted: November 18, 2005, 4:47 pm - IP Logged

          Make sure you enter the password in upper case or lower case exactly as when you entered them originally.

          You might want to try a program like this, to make sure of your exact password?


          Too late this time, but always make extra backups. File corruption is always a possible.

          There are options to using a password, such as allowing read-only. Maybe that would help you next time - or maybe it isn't of any value because you want to prevent anyone from reading the files.


            hypersoniq's avatar - 8ball
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            Posted: November 19, 2005, 10:27 pm - IP Logged

            1. > Open a protected document in Word.
            2. > Choose the Save As Web Page (*.htm; *.html) option and close Word.
            3. > Open the HTML document in any text editor.
            4. > Search the <w:UnprotectPassword> tag for a line that looks like: <w:UnprotectPassword>ABCDEF01</w:UnprotectPassword>. Gather the password.
            5. > Open the original .doc document with any hex editor.
            6. > Search for hex values of the password (reverse order).
            7. > Overwrite all four double-bytes with 0x00. Save, and close.
            8. > Open the document in Word. Select Tools, Unprotect Document. Password is blank.

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