How to Find an Email Username & Password in the Windows XP Registry

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How to Find an Email Username & Password in the Windows XP Registry
Find an e-mail address in the Windows registry. (e-mail image by Soja Andrzej from

The Windows XP registry contains all the saved settings for your computer. This includes hardware drivers, software settings and even some e-mail usernames and passwords. E-mail accounts are stored in plain text, but some e-mail clients store passwords in an encrypted form. Nevertheless, you can find these values in the registry in case you forget an old e-mail address or password. If the password is encrypted, you need to reset the password with your e-mail host.

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  1. 1

    Click the Windows "Start" button and enter "regedit" into the text box. Press "Enter" to open the Windows Registry Editor, which is where you can search for your values.

  2. 2

    Click the "Edit" menu item and select "Find." A new window opens with a text box. Enter the email address you want to search in the text box and click "Find Next."

  3. 3

    Press the "F3" key until you find the location of your e-mail client settings for the email address. Underneath this key, a password key is configured. Double-click it to view the value. If the value is a list of characters, then it is an encrypted password and you need to reset it. Otherwise, if the plain text password is saved, you can recover your e-mail by using this password in your e-mail client.

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