How do I find out my MSN Messenger (Microsoft Passport) password, in case I forgot it?
You've used your good old Windows XP computer for over 2 years now. Suddenly something breaks, and you're forced to reinstall your operating system. You know you've got important stuff on the machine, and you want to make sure you'll be able to use the same settings on the newly installed machine.
One of the small but nagging things include the logging information for instant messaging services such as ICQ or MSN Messenger. After using the same computer for that long, it's more than likely that you forgot the password you've used to create your MSN (Microsoft) Passport account, and since your computer does not prompt you for that password, you have no clue as of what it is right now.
One thing you can do is to ask Microsoft Passport's account services for a new password. You can read more about it on the Change your Microsoft Passport Password page.
Note: This page does NOT contain information on how to hack/crack your MSN Passport password, nor does it contain any illegal items. It also does not offer any help in cracking someone else's password.
One of the coolest tools I came upon a long time ago was MessenPass by Nir Sofer (NirSoft):
MessenPass is a password recovery tool that reveals the passwords of the following instant messenger applications:
Windows Messenger (In Windows XP)
Yahoo Messenger (Versions 5.x and 6.x)
ICQ Lite 4.x/2003
AOL Instant Messenger (only older versions, the password in newer versions of AIM cannot be recovered)
AOL Instant Messenger/Netscape 7
MessenPass can only be used to recover the passwords for the current logged-on user on your local computer, and it only works if you chose the remember your password in one of the above programs. You cannot use this utility for grabbing the passwords of other users.
Download MessenPass (47kb)
You might also want to read the following related articles: