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EncryptedRegView 1.0.1

Find and view encrypted Registry data

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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EncryptedRegView worked as advertised on our test PC, finding, decrypting and displaying secret Registry data. Most, if not all will be low-level technical details that don't matter to anyone, but occasionally you'll see passwords or other items.

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 05 March 2017
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Developer: NirSoft
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EncryptedRegView
Find and view encrypted Registry data

EncryptedRegView is a tiny portable tool which scans the Registry of the local system (or a file on an external drive), locates data encrypted with DPAPI (Data Protection API), decrypts and displays it.

This won't find much on most systems, but it can occasionally turn up something interesting. On our test system it found the passwords for our Outlook accounts, for instance, and displayed them in decrypted plain-text form.

The program is straightforward to use. Run it as an administrator if you can (not compulsory, but you might find more system-encrypted data), click OK on the opening dialog and watch as EncryptedRegView scans your Registry, decrypting any DPAPI-protected details it finds.

EncryptedRegView displays this data in a table, including the Registry path, original and decrypted values, hash and encryption values, and more.

This isn't the way any application expects you to access its data, so you'll need to do some work to even begin to figure out what it means.

We saw some value names of "POP3 Password" with actual email passwords as the "Decrypted Value", for instance, and checking "Registry Path" showed these were stored under "Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Profiles". That could well be useful, but the program doesn't directly tell you which password belongs with which profile. You'll need to do more research with the original Registry Path to understand that.

Fortunately, if there is a lot to do, you're able to save the selected items as a text, csv or html report for later study.

You can also run an advanced search at any time (Options > Advanced Search) to scan Registry files on an external hard drive. Note that you'll only be able to see user-encrypted data if you have that user's logon password.

Version 1.01:

Fixed the lower pane to switch focus when pressing tab key.

Verdict:

EncryptedRegView worked as advertised on our test PC, finding, decrypting and displaying secret Registry data. Most, if not all will be low-level technical details that don't matter to anyone, but occasionally you'll see passwords or other interesting items-- check it out for yourself.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update ISO (build 1903)

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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