Know your Outlook password location

Manisha Rawat
Manisha Rawat linkedin | Updated On - May 15, 2023 |

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Outlook has become the most popular email client, and many users cannot imagine a single working day without using it. In this scenario, what will happen if you forget your password? You won’t be able to access your account without the right credentials. To gain access to your account again, you will need to recover or locate your password. In this blog, we are going to explain how you can locate or recover your Outlook password.

How to locate your password in different versions of Outlook?

  • Outlook 98/2000
    In Outlook 98 and 2000, the passwords are stored in the “Protected Storage” which is a secret location in the registry. There is a base key for the Protected Storage which is located in

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider.
  • Outlook 2002-2008
    The newer versions of Outlook save passwords in the registry key of account settings, which is

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\[Profile Name]\9375CFF0413111d3B88A00104B2A6676\[Account Index].

    The case is different if you use Outlook to connect an account on the Exchange server, then your password will be saved in the credentials file.

  • Outlook Express (All Versions)
    Even in the Outlook Express, the passwords are stored in the secret location in the registry which is “Protected Storage” and the base key same as the older version of Outlook, i.e.,

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider.”
How to recover Outlook passwords?

We have discussed how you can locate and find Outlook password. Now, let’s talk about how you can recover it because it is not necessary that you can locate the password every time.

Before moving to any other solution, let’s first make sure that the login Id and password you are entering are hundred percent correct, take special care of upper- and lower-case letters and spelling. If you are entering the right credentials, then try a different browser or try clearing the history of your current browser.

Now, let’s see how you can regain access to your account by recovering the password.

  • Reset your Outlook password
    Resetting your password is one of the best and quickest solutions to your misery. In this method, you need to generate a new password for your account. For this, click on the Reset Password option on the login page and proceed by following the relevant steps. In the process, a code like OTP will be generated for your account which will be sent to your preferred mobile or email id. Enter the code correctly and proceed. If you want to know more about how to change & recover Outlook PST password, we have a separate and detailed blog for it, give it a try.
  • Try a third-party tool.
    If none of the methods worked out for you, you can go for a third-party tool like Kernel Outlook Password Recovery which is a free tool. It offers Removing, Recovering and Setting a new password. This tool is highly efficient to unlock a password protected file and remove the password. Not only this the tool also creates an alternate password for the highly encrypted file; the whole process is very quick and supports multilingual password recovery. Here are some features that show you the important aspects of the software more clearly.
    • The recovery speed of the software is faster for complex and long passwords.
    • The recovery is a complete lossless process.
    • The software recognizes non-English characters through its multilingual capability.
    • The user can create a new Password by replacing the older password.
    • The software gives a new alternate password that the user can set on the place of older password.
    • The software gives a new alternate password that the user can set in place of the older password.

    To know how the tool works, refer this free video representation/tutorial of the tool:



This blog is dedicated to the users who have lost or forgot their passwords and are in dire need of help. It helps you to find Outlook password locations for different versions and recovery methods. In this blog, we have talked about Kernel Outlook Password Recovery which is a free tool and helps in the quick recovery of Outlook password. The tool is user-friendly and comes with various advanced features; we highly recommend our readers to go for the tool.

Kernel for Outlook Password Recovery