This instructable will show you how to get around a password protected file. Suppose your computer won’t boot up and you don’t have any way to access your important files. Don’t worry there are several ways to access your files. I had an old emachines laptop computer running XP Home edition and it would boot to the windows password but would not go any further. I ordered an external hard drive case with a usb cable from newegg.com. That set me back $15.00.

I removed the hard drive from my emachines computer and put it into the hard drive case. I then plugged the old emachines hard drive in using the included usb cable to my HP computer. I let the computer open up the old hard drive files and there they were. The only thing that I was interested in saving was my documents, pictures and a few files that I had saved to my desk top. I then clicked on the file and got an error message (Menu is not accessible Access is denied). No need to worry I figured how to get access to these files. Follow the directions.

If you get the Error message when you click on the file click OK

Step 1: Select Properties

Right click on the file you wish to access.
Select Properties
This isn't really cracking a password protected file... more or less just bypassing file security. Just sayin. (Still useful though, I would suggest maybe changing the title so that people who are actually looking for this information on Google are more likely to find it as opposed to the script kiddies who are looking to actually "crack" an encrypted file.) :)

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