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Re: [SLE] Slightly OT. How to retrieve ISP settings from a dead win98
  • From: Frank Bax <fbax@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 19:08:42 -0400
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At 05:12 PM 4/11/06, Rikard Johnels wrote:
And he's old Win98 crashed due to a bad disk.
I managed to dd_rescue most of it, but of course its not bootable.

But the difficult thing is: He doesnt know his ISPsetup.
It seems he doesnt even know WHAT provider he has....
No papers no nothing in place to look for clues.

So my question is: How the *bad words* can i retrieve the ISP settings from
the dead Win98 setup?

Connection data is stored in "Dialup Networking". This is not a real folder, the info is actually stored in registry.

The first set of ???? refers to Win98 login name, the second refers to connection name (usually the name ISP). This will get you the ISP and username, but there could be multiple entries - I don't know how to identify the default one.

Sunny mentioned pwlview - it only works on a system booted to Win98; it is required to decrypt the connection password stored in PWL file. For this program to work, you must find C:\WINDOWS\*.PWL, copy the files to a new Win98 system, then login as the appropriate user. For a mapping of username to PWL file, have peek inside C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.INI

The pwlview program will only give you information from the PWL file for the currently logged in user.

I was unable to figure out where the ISP telephone number is stored.


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