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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?

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This may be a stretch...

windows vista

because

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'

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  • $\begingroup$ Not quite.... On the right track with capital letters though. $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Commented Nov 22, 2014 at 21:58
  • $\begingroup$ @warspyking updated my answer $\endgroup$
    – schil227
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 4:06
  • $\begingroup$ Except he's already said it isn't shifted. $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 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
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 4:43
  • $\begingroup$ @schil227 So very close... You just need to fix what ^ means. $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 12:04
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I think the password is

WINDOWS XP

From

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

WINDOW

^ is used

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

When making it short

^ = XP

Then we will get

WINDOW XP

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

Since

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.

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  • $\begingroup$ I would count CP as old... Just think about ^. What exact is ^. How do you make ^? $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 16:04
  • $\begingroup$ Got the idea now. Will update my answer. $\endgroup$
    – AeJey
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ I would count XP as old I mean* $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 16:13
  • $\begingroup$ Can I ask for a clue? Is the password a word/words(meaningful) $\endgroup$
    – AeJey
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 16:34
  • $\begingroup$ Yes it is. It isn't jibberish like gddhjf ugh d{%^|€=?,!~{\?+}*>}.7.D/<,z,5>| lol $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 16:35
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The password is:

WINDOW6

(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:

I N W

I O D

I W

So,

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

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  • $\begingroup$ Very close, but that's not what ^ means. But on the right track looking at the capitalized letters. $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Commented Nov 22, 2014 at 23:52
  • $\begingroup$ @warspyking edited to use a different interpretation of the caret. $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 0:10
  • $\begingroup$ Still not it. I get the feeling you've almost found it though. $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 0:22
  • $\begingroup$ @warspyking Maybe you're right. I don't feel that way at all. $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 4:23
  • $\begingroup$ @warspyking ok, how about that? $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 4:38

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