My last part 2 was sort of not a puzzle (oops) I've made sure this fits the criteria!

This is part 2 of a series of multiple parts about a takeover of all the computers on earth. The links to previous questions are here:

Computer Crisis Takeover! [Part 1]

After cracking the original password screen, you open up this new OS "Glidors Ultimate". You are welcomed and all of a sudden a message pops up saying you've been locked out for not being the owner of this OS.

It gives you a second chance to get in by allowing you to guess the backup password. You only get 1 try, and there's a password hint included on the screen! Perhaps this hacker thought he'd need it to jog his memory if he ever needed to use this screen?

The password hint is as follows;

I'm Not the neWest, but I'm also nOt olD, I am but in betWeen. ^

What is this password?


This may be a stretch...

windows vista


There are actually 5 capitalized letters: N,W,O,D,W, and I (the last I in '...I am...'). together they make the word WINDOW - the '^' symbol is created by hitting shift+6, the 6th edition of windows is vista, ergo 'windows vista'

  • $\begingroup$ Not quite.... On the right track with capital letters though. $\endgroup$ – warspyking Nov 22 '14 at 21:58
  • $\begingroup$ @warspyking updated my answer $\endgroup$ – schil227 Nov 23 '14 at 4:06
  • $\begingroup$ Except he's already said it isn't shifted. $\endgroup$ – Michael Nov 23 '14 at 4:09
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    $\begingroup$ @warspyking Sorry I missed that anecdote-I came up with a much more reasonable answer this time :) $\endgroup$ – schil227 Nov 23 '14 at 4:43
  • $\begingroup$ @schil227 So very close... You just need to fix what ^ means. $\endgroup$ – warspyking Nov 23 '14 at 12:04

I think the password is



I'm Not the neWest

but I'm also nOt olD

I am but in betWeen.

Taking the upper-case letters and arranging, we get


^ is used

to denote power, exponent. so I guess ^ = "eXponent"

When making it short

^ = XP

Then we will get


Now take the hints again.

I'm Not the neWest

but I'm also nOt olD

I am but in betWeen.

Which made me to think that the password must be



Windows XP is not the newest. (WINDOWS 10 is the newest)
Windows XP is not OLD too. There are many people who are still using Windows XP. Windows 98, 2000 etc are old.
Windows XP is in between.

  • $\begingroup$ I would count CP as old... Just think about ^. What exact is ^. How do you make ^? $\endgroup$ – warspyking Nov 23 '14 at 16:04
  • $\begingroup$ Got the idea now. Will update my answer. $\endgroup$ – AeJey Nov 23 '14 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ I would count XP as old I mean* $\endgroup$ – warspyking Nov 23 '14 at 16:13
  • $\begingroup$ Can I ask for a clue? Is the password a word/words(meaningful) $\endgroup$ – AeJey Nov 23 '14 at 16:34
  • $\begingroup$ Yes it is. It isn't jibberish like gddhjf ugh d{%^|€=?,!~{\?+}*>}.7.D/<,z,5>| lol $\endgroup$ – warspyking Nov 23 '14 at 16:35

The password is:


(Sorry, I can't get the formatting to work with spoiler tags.)

Here's why:

Rewriting the riddle on separate lines we get:

I'm Not the neWest

but I'm also nOt olD

I am but in betWeen. ^

Next we extract the capitalized letters:





rearrange the letters to get WINDOW and shift+6 is caret.

  • $\begingroup$ Very close, but that's not what ^ means. But on the right track looking at the capitalized letters. $\endgroup$ – warspyking Nov 22 '14 at 23:52
  • $\begingroup$ @warspyking edited to use a different interpretation of the caret. $\endgroup$ – Michael Nov 23 '14 at 0:10
  • $\begingroup$ Still not it. I get the feeling you've almost found it though. $\endgroup$ – warspyking Nov 23 '14 at 0:22
  • $\begingroup$ @warspyking Maybe you're right. I don't feel that way at all. $\endgroup$ – Michael Nov 23 '14 at 4:23
  • $\begingroup$ @warspyking ok, how about that? $\endgroup$ – Michael Nov 23 '14 at 4:38

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