Easy File Locker is a handy and light-weight file lock software developed by XOSLAB.com. With this software, you can secure or lock your private files and folders. Other users will not be able to see, open, modify and delete the files and folders that you have protected with Easy File Locker.

If you forget your Easy File Locker's password, then the same thing also applies to you. So here are two methods to reset the password of Easy File Locker and retrieve files.

1: By deleting "user.dat" file
2: By using Safe Mode

Method 1: By deleting "user.dat" file

1: Navigating EFL Folder
Follow one of the given ways to navigate to the ELF folder.

Windows 10 run dialog box

1: Open the Run dialog box by going to Start>Windows System>Run or you can open it with the keyboard shortcut Windows key+R. Copy the given path of the EFL folder and paste it into the "Open" field and then click on the "OK" button or press the Enter key.


2: Click on Cortana icon or search box next to the Start button. Copy the given path of the EFL folder and paste it into the search box and then press the Enter key.


3: You can do the above process manually by going to Start>Windows System>This PC or File Explorer>C: Drive>users>public>documents>EFL.

2: Deleting "user.dat" File

Easy file lock folder user dat

Select and delete the "user.dat" or "user" file in the EFL folder. After deleting the "user.dat" file you can able to uninstall the Easy File Locker without using the password.

3: Reinstalling Easy File Locker 
No need to uninstall previously installed Easy File Locker software. You can directly install the fresh copy of it from the downloaded file. If you don't have Easy File Locker software in your system, then you can download it by clicking here.

4: Retrieving files and folders

Easy file lock stop protection

Open Easy File Locker by clicking on its icon. You can see the list of files and folders that you had protected with this software. To retrieve the files and folders, or to make them visible, click on "Systems" and select "Stop Protection" from the options. Now you can able to see the protected files and folders in your system.

5: Resetting Password

Easy file lock set password

To reset the password, click on "Systems" and select "Set Password" from the options. Enter your new password in the "Set Password" pop-up window and click on "OK" button.

Method 2: By using Safe Mode

If you prefer the Safe Mode option, then you don't need to delete the "user.dat" file from the EFL folder. Simply you need to start the computer in Safe Mode and navigate to the file directory that you had protected with Easy File Locker.

In Safe Mode you can able to see, open, modify and delete the files and folders. To retrieve your files and folders, copy them from the selected directory and paste them to your desired location and then restart the system in normal mode. So here's how you can run your system in Safe Mode or in normal mode in Windows 10.

1: Open System Configuration 
Type "msconfig" in the Run dialog box or type "System Configuration" in the search box and hit the Enter key. A "System Configuration" dialog box will open.

2: Boot options and Restart

Windows 10 safe mode

Click on "Boot" tab on the "System Configuration" dialog box. Click on "Safe boot" under the "Boot" options section and click on "OK" button and then restart your computer. Now your system will start in Safe Mode.

3: Restart in Normal Mode 
Open "System Configuration" and this time uncheck "Safe boot" option and then click on "OK" button. Now you can restart your system in normal mode.

To be transparent, I've tested these methods for Easy File Locker v2.2 (64bit) in Windows 10 only. In my case, it worked perfectly without hesitation. I hope these methods may work with the earlier versions of Windows and Easy File Locker too. If you are using the older version of Windows or Easy File Locker, then you can give it a try.

Watch this video tutorial to learn more about on "How to Reset Easy File Locker Forgot Password and Retrieve Files."

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