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March 05, 2012, 02:28:53 PM
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thanks god I didn't have any bc in my wallet, when i figured out, that i've lost my passphrase...
i thought, the problem would be fixed, when i just uninstall + install the bitcoin wallet again, but failed...
it's still locked and I can't change my passphrase or use my wallet!
seriously, how can I recover/ wipe the passphrase of my wallet?
...and yeah, i've used the search function before, but didn't find a proper answer to this question...  Sad
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March 05, 2012, 02:30:02 PM
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thanks god I didn't have any bc in my wallet, when i figured out, that i've lost my passphrase...
i thought, the problem would be fixed, when i just uninstall + install the bitcoin wallet again, but failed...
it's still locked and I can't change my passphrase or use my wallet!
seriously, how can I recover/ wipe the passphrase of my wallet?
...and yeah, i've used the search function before, but didn't find a proper answer to this question...  Sad

You can't ... Welcome to the world of passphrase based encryption

Oh, and I tried a search for "lost passphrase bitcoin" and found pages of results ... I guess you aren't the first person to forget their passphrase  Tongue
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March 05, 2012, 02:37:07 PM
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Your only solutions are:

- Delete that wallet and it will create a new one, which in this case is OK because you don't have any coins there
- Remember the passphrase and decrypt it

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March 05, 2012, 02:56:10 PM
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still doesn't work  Sad
i've uninstalled the bitcoin wallet again + delete entries in registry from bc + installed again.
same again - locked bc wallet - no chance to unlock it...
please help!!!  Embarrassed
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March 05, 2012, 02:59:51 PM
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still doesn't work  Sad
i've uninstalled the bitcoin wallet again + delete entries in registry from bc + installed again.
same again - locked bc wallet - no chance to unlock it...
please help!!!  Embarrassed

Did you delete %appdata%\bitcoin

and

c:\Program Files\Bitcoin
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March 05, 2012, 03:15:41 PM
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simply delete the file wallet.dat in %appdata%\bitcoin. for example by typing win-button + r, the %appdata% to open the %appdata%-directory on your computer, then navigate to bitcoin folder. there you can delete your wallet.dat.

you lose your current wallet, which is no problem for you, as you have to bitcoins yet. bitcoin will create a new passwordfree wallet.dat for you after the next start.
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March 05, 2012, 03:41:33 PM
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Linux:  rm ~/.bitcoin/wallet.dat
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March 05, 2012, 03:59:10 PM
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still doesn't work  Sad
i've uninstalled the bitcoin wallet again + delete entries in registry from bc + installed again.
same again - locked bc wallet - no chance to unlock it...
please help!!!  Embarrassed

Did you delete %appdata%\bitcoin

and

c:\Program Files\Bitcoin

worked, with deleting this:

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%appdata%\bitcoin

thanx, subhuman  Wink
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March 05, 2012, 04:05:21 PM
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still doesn't work  Sad
i've uninstalled the bitcoin wallet again + delete entries in registry from bc + installed again.
same again - locked bc wallet - no chance to unlock it...
please help!!!  Embarrassed

Did you delete %appdata%\bitcoin

and

c:\Program Files\Bitcoin

worked, with deleting this:

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%appdata%\bitcoin

thanx, subhuman  Wink

You are going to feel sorry if you already deleted that folder from the recycle bin...
Have fun downloading the entire blockchain again.
Incredible that between the solutions people described you picked the one that would do more than just fix your problem...

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March 05, 2012, 04:14:28 PM
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Now you have to download the whole blockchain again.
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March 05, 2012, 04:21:34 PM
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To the OP for next time try to use the right term.

Client = software which uses block chain and wallet file to display your balance, allow you to send/receive funds.
Blockchain = public record of balances (a non-secret identical copy exists on every node)
wallet (wallet.dat) = private secret (only you should know) file which contains the keys which control access to your funds.

Uninstalling client, and deleting the blockchain accomplish nothing if you need to create a new wallet.

Deleting the wallet.dat will cause client to create a new one.
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March 05, 2012, 04:27:54 PM
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To the OP for next time try to use the right term.

Client = software which uses block chain and wallet file to display your balance, allow you to send/receive funds.
Blockchain = public record of balances
wallet (wallet.dat) = private secret (only you should know) file which contains the keys which control access to your funds.

Uninstalling client, and deleting the blockchain accomplish nothing.

Deleting the wallet.dat will cause client to create a new one.


Reading the instruction manual(the wiki) would go a long way also Wink
After all it's money we're talking about, not the latest videogame. Tongue

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