I fixed a bug in the shortcut creation logic that was not putting double-quotes around long files.

And I added a command line switch (-useini) which tells pwArch to persist program state settings to a .ini file instead of the registry.

Using this switch makes it possible to run pwArch from a shared network folder on another PC and retain the state settings (window locations, etc.) from the PC where the program is running rather than having a different set stored in the new PC's registry.

This switch allows enables you to run pwArch from a thumb drive and keep everything local on the thumb drive itself. So you can go from one machine to another, pop in the thumb drive and have all of your passwords with you.

If you want to setup your thumb drive to auto-start pwArch when you insert the drive, here is how it is done:

  • copy pwArch.exe, pwArch.ini, and YourPwArchData.zip to the root folder of the thumb drive
  • create a text file call autorun.inf in the root folder of the thumb drive
  • edit autorun.inf and include the following lines:
action=Launch pwArch
open=pwArch.exe -useini YourPwArchData.zip

That's it! When the thumb drive is inserted Windows will popup a dialog of actions for you to select from, one of which will be Launch pwArch.


I added a button to the Site dialog to launch the default browser with the Site URL. It was a convenience item I found that I wanted.


I added a couple of new fields to the site record. A URL field and a notes field. This allows you to stores notes about a site and also to have a URL as well as a name for the site.


A new version has been released that allows you to manage multiple password archive files. Plus, an Import feature has been added that allows you to merge items from one archive into another.


pwArch is a Password Archive.  It gives you a place to save your password information.  Store your passwords by site with user and password.  All you have to remember is the password into your archive, then you have access to all of the password data you need.  Simple to use.  All data is stored in an encrypted .zip file, so it is safe even if someone gets the data file itself.

A flexible password generator is also included.  You can create passwords based on desired length, selectable characters, or you can define a template for the generator to use.

pwArch is freeware and source code is also available for download if desired.