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wingrider
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USA
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Posted - 25 June 2019 :  23:00:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had to return a defective computer which had Password Agent installed on it. I uninstalled it and wiped the hard drive clean but still worried about it so I changed my Master Password. It accepted the change but have not been able to open the program either with old or new password. HELP!!

Ahto/Moon Software
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Estonia
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Posted - 25 June 2019 :  23:49:04  Show Profile  Visit Ahto/Moon Software's Homepage  Reply with Quote
From Password Agent User's Manual, FAQ section:

How to restore older version of data file

Important: Here we restore an old version of data file, not the latest version. To restore the latest version you should always restore your original data file from backup. If you specified alternative file locations in Backup section of program settings then Password Agent always copied data file to alternative location after saving.

Previous versions of data file have extension .old plus number, like .old1, .old2 etc. These version files will be kept in the same directory as your data file. Newest old file version has extension .old1, others are older in increasing order. For
example .old5 file does not contain last 5 changes. The number of available old file versions depends on Number of old files to keep when saving program setting.

You can open an .old file to see its contents and to test if it is readable. Old version files will be only opened in read-only mode. For this invoke menu command File | Open and in the Open dialog select file type as Old data files (*.old) instead of default Data files (*.pwa). Then only old version files are listed and you can select one to open.
You can rename file extension of an .old version file to have .pwa extension, then you can start using it as your data file.
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wingrider
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Posted - 26 June 2019 :  03:13:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I don't know if I have the ability to follow/execute this procedure. First of all, can you give me a possibility of why the new password is not being accepted. It had to be entered correctly or it would not have been accepted on the verify entry. Is there an easier solution there? Thanks for the help/
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Ahto/Moon Software
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Estonia
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Posted - 26 June 2019 :  09:57:30  Show Profile  Visit Ahto/Moon Software's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The typed password is not being accepted because it is not the same that was set up. Possibility is keyboard malfunction, ie. character was was not typed then key was pressed, either when setting up password or when entering password. Or password was set up as upper or lowercase and now different case is used when typing in password.

You should be able to open your .old1 file with your old password as instructed above.
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wingrider
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Posted - 27 June 2019 :  03:01:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am able to open one of the old. files with the old password.. Please give me instructions on how to make this file my active and usable file. Thank you for your help.
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Ahto/Moon Software
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Estonia
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Posted - 27 June 2019 :  10:30:20  Show Profile  Visit Ahto/Moon Software's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It is good idea to ask help from someone who knows how to rename files. If you want to try yourself then take these steps but be aware of possibility of losing your files (when you accidentally rename to something you don't find later).

1) Open and unlock desired .old file in Password Agent. It is important to open .old file with smallest number as possible, which is latest. Make note of the .old file name (eg. old3) you were able to open.

2) Choose menu command File | Open file location. That will show Windows Explorer with your .old file selected.

3) While keeping WIndows Explorer open, switch to Password Agent and close all loaded files one by one bu choosing menu command File | Close.

4) Switch to Windows Explorer which has your .old file selected as you left it in step 2.

5) In Windows Explorer, near (usually above) your selected .old file, find your real data file that has .pwa extension. It is also possible that no extension is displayed. You need to get rid of the real data file by deleting, moving it to another location, or by renaming it. In next step we rename it so you have it in case you need it again on some reason.

6) With your real data file selected in step 5, press F2 on keyboard and Windows Explorer starts editing/renaming file name. Be sure you are renaming correct file, it needs to show name yourfilename.pwa (if not, press Esc key on keyboard to end rename)

7) Change file extension part ".pwa" to ".damaged" (without quotes, don't change base name, only text after dot). Press Enter, your data file was renamed from .pwa to .damaged. Now we have gotten rid of the original data file and we can rename an .old to have same name as was your data file.

8) Select the .old file you were able to successfully open in step 1. Be sure it has the same number as you were making note of.

9) Press F2 key to start editing/renaming its name. Change only file extension part after dot from ".oldN" to ".pwa" (without quotes). Pressing Enter will rename your .old file back to your main data file.

10) In Password Agent choose File | Open and select your data file (not .old file) to load. It should now unlock without issues.
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Ahto/Moon Software
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Estonia
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Posted - 28 June 2019 :  02:14:19  Show Profile  Visit Ahto/Moon Software's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Starting from version 2019.6.27 there is new command to help to revert to older data. There is topic "How to revert to older version of data file" in user's manual, in FAQ section.

How to revert to older version of data file

Important: Here we restore an older version of data file, which is likely missing latest modifications. To restore the latest version you should always restore your original data file from backup. If you specified alternative file locations in Backup section of program settings then Password Agent always copied data file to alternative location after saving.

Previous versions of data file have extension .old plus number, like .old1, .old2 etc. These version files will be kept in the same directory as your data file. Newest old file version has extension .old1, others are older in increasing order. For example .old5 file does not contain last 5 changes. The number of available old file versions depends on Number of old files to keep when saving program setting.

You can open an .old file to see its contents and to test if it is readable and un-lockable with your master password. For this invoke menu command File | Open and in the Open dialog select file type as Old data files (*.old) instead of default Data files (*.pwa). Then only old version files are listed and you can select one to open. Old version files will be only opened in read-only mode.

You can manually rename file extension .old to .pwa, then you can start using it as your data file.

It is also possible to revert to old file by Password Agent interface:

1. Open old file you want to revert to using File | Open window as instructed above, then unlock it with your master
password.

2. Select menu command File | Revert to .old file (this command is only visible if you have unlocked your old file).
After confirming your data file will be reverted to selected old version. Your original .pwa file will be renamed
to .delete file, which will be automatically deleted after 30 days.
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