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Lost passwords after Windows update


Alan Medic

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Seems this is a thing. I did an update as was suggested (Windows 7,) and all my saved passwords are gone (Microsoft Edge).


Any suggestions please that aren't too difficult to implement? I was wondering if a system restore might be the way to go. Very annoying as I don't bank on having to remember passwords.

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I think in this instance, you are going to have to start from scratch


Rather than using a specific Browser to remember your passwords in future it might be worth looking at some of the 3rdparty cloud based options like 1Password or mSecure - which means you can access them on any other pc/device as well

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Some suggestions here that it may be due to unwanted interactions with other software, and two reports, from Atif on p.1, and someone responding to him on p.2, on resolving it via a tinker with Avast: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftedge/forum/all/passwords-disappeared-after-microsoft-edge-update/0c48a4fa-ddcf-4b7e-b7c2-2a67f28366b2?page=1


You could also try this simple password-viewing stratagem - though I don't know if it's available under W7 - on the slight offchance that there are multiple routes to, or locations of, the passwords. https://www.howtogeek.com/678483/how-to-view-a-saved-password-in-microsoft-edge/.

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Strange, I wonder what type of updates you got since Windows 7 was discontinued in 2020?. If you have upgraded to Win10 from Win7 there is chance you had just had to shut down and restart a couple of times as the installation of the updates had not finished yet. Win 10 has a User Account Control that does this sort of thing.
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