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Problem opening encrypted document, I know the password to the file

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  1. anap40

    anap40 Thread Starter

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    I have an old .docx document that I encrypted years ago (around 2010). I know the password to the file but I don't remember how I encrypted it (if I used office or a third party app). When I open the document in word it just shows gibberish symbols, it doesn't prompt me for a password. Anyone know how to check what program was used to encrypt the file and how to open it up (like I said I know the PW I just can't get anything to ask me for the password)
    Thanks.

    Here is the beginning of the document xml file that I retrieved when opening the docx in winzip if this helps:


    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="true"?>

    -<w:document xmlns:wpg="http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/word/2010/wordprocessingGroup" xmlns:wps="http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/word/2010/wordprocessingShape" xmlns:dgm="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/drawingml/2006/diagram" xmlns:lc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/drawingml/2006/lockedCanvas" xmlns:c="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/drawingml/2006/chart" xmlns:pic="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/drawingml/2006/picture" xmlns:a="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/drawingml/2006/main" xmlns:sl="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/schemaLibrary/2006/main" xmlns:wne="http://schemas.microsoft.com/office/word/2006/wordml" xmlns:w="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/wordprocessingml/2006/main" xmlns:w10="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:word" xmlns:wp="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/drawingml/2006/wordprocessingDrawing" xmlns:v="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" xmlns:m="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/officeDocument/2006/math" xmlns:r="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/officeDocument/2006/relationships" xmlns:eek:="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006">

    <w:background w:color="FFFFFF"/>


    -<w:body>


    -<w:p w:rsidRPr="00000000" w:rsidRDefault="00000000" w:rsidP="00000000" w:rsidDel="00000000" w:rsidR="00000000">


    -<w:pPr>

    <w:keepNext w:val="0"/>

    <w:keepLines w:val="0"/>

    <w:widowControl w:val="0"/>

    <w:spacing w:lineRule="auto" w:line="240" w:before="0" w:after="0"/>

    <w:ind w:firstLine="0" w:right="0" w:left="0"/>

    <w:contextualSpacing w:val="0"/>

    <w:jc w:val="left"/>

    </w:pPr>


    -<w:r w:rsidRPr="00000000" w:rsidDel="00000000" w:rsidR="00000000">


    -<w:rPr>

    <w:rtl w:val="0"/>

    </w:rPr>

    <w:t xml:space="preserve">ÐÏ à¡± á&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;>&#65533; &#65533;þÿ &#65533; &#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533;&#65533;þÿÿÿ&#65533;&#65533;&#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533; &#65533;&#65533;
     
  2. CleaverX

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    Well if you had encrypted it using the built in function, you would be prompted for the password in order to open it. If you had encrypted it using the Explorer properties for a file or folder, and it was done on the same computer you are using, with the same user name and password to the user profile, it would open normally and not ask for a password. If you used a third party application, you will need it installed on that machine to decrypt it.
     
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