yup make sure you have everything backed up
Ok so I did this, but even with the new (old local wallet.dat) file the wallet still is encrypted.
Very strange… I used the old password again (from local PC) and now it works. So I’m all good now.
Again, many thanks for all your help Oriz - this thread may be closed now.
yes if you copy wallet.dat as opposed to seed restore it will have the original encryption, that is why I wanted to try that.
Glad it worked!