How to Get Notes Password Recovery Working with Older Lotus Notes Clients

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Why does Notes Password Recovery only work with older releases of Lotus Notes?

From version\release 8.5.1 onwards, IBM have tightened security to prevent brute force password attempts by making each attempt incrementally longer to finish.

This means that only 32-bit versions 5 to 8.5 FP1 are supported by Notes Password Recovery.

I'm using a new version of Lotus Notes - How can I still use Notes Password Recovery?

The simple answer is that you can have multiple versions of the Lotus Notes client on the PC.
The only restriction is that you can't have Notes Password Recovery running at the SAME TIME as your normal Notes Notes Client.

How do I set up another version of Lotus Notes client which is compatible with Notes Password Recovery?

You can source the older supported Lotus Notes client from another PC or you can install from CD media.

Sourcing the older Lotus Notes client from another PC:

  1. From another PC, copy the entire directory structure under usually in C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Notes\
  2. Copy this to your PC naming it C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Notes85\ for example.
  3. The Windows Registry entries for this client DO NOT need to be copied or set up.
  4. Edit the NOTES.INI file under C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Notes85\
  5. Change Directory=C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Notes\Data to Directory=C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Notes85\Data
  6. Save the file NOTES.INI
  7. You can delete any databases (.NSF files) under the \Data\ path which are not needed by the client.
  8. Test the new client by running the following from the command-prompt...
    C:\> C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Notes85\notes.exe =C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Notes85\notes.ini
  9. The client should run as normal.

Installing the older supported client from CD media:

Installing the client older client can cause problems for the currently installed client whereby the Windows Registry will change default paths to the new version.
I would suggest temporarily installing the client on another PC ensuring you change the default installation path to something like C:\Program Files\IBM\Lotus\Notes85\
Then you can use the procedure above to copy the directory to your PC.

If you do install the client older client directly on your PC which already has the Lotus Notes client, then please ensure you change the install path to be different to your existing client (as described above) You will also need to visit the Windows Registry and change the entries under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Lotus\Notes to point the Path and DataPath entries back to the correct client you were using previously.

Pointing Notes Password Recovery to the copy of the older Lotus Notes client:

  1. Select the Windows Start menu, Notes Password Recovery and then Select Lotus Notes Client.
  2. Your PC will be searched to find all Lotus Notes clients installed.
  3. Press the corresponding number on your keyboard to select the the Lotus Notes client to use.
  4. Notes Password Recovery will then run using the selected Lotus Notes client.
  5. The next time you use Notes Password Recovery, it will use the client you selected without you having to make a choice.

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