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File Extension

PWL File Format

Password list file for Windows

PWL is a file extension for a Windows password list file. 

A PWL file contains user log-in information, as well as network access passwords for Windows. Each file, which is encrypted and stored in the Windows directory, can hold up to 255 passwords; they’re used for retrieving data when users check the "Remember Password" option.


Learn more about PWL files:

View questions and answers about working with passwords.

View questions and answers about Windows administration issues.

See learning resources about password management and policies.

This was last updated in October 2010
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