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Recover Administrator Password

By masoodsharif ·
I have a system with dual boot on which I have Windows XP - Windows 2003 with Active Directory installed and Linux Enterprise.
I have forgotten the password of Windows 2003 Administrator account. How can I recover this password.
Plz help.

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by davebkelly In reply to Recover Administrator Pas ...

Take a look at http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
What you will need to do is boot using the boot disk then set the variables (follow the prompts) to the correct disk/partition/installation. You will not be able to recover the password but you can overwrite it. I suggest that you overwrite it with a 16 character password so that you will definately overwrite all of the old administrator password.

Good Luck !!

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This method doesn't always work

by Suisunian In reply to

This method only works if your registry and hives are clean. The current version will not mount read/write otherwise. The $64K question is how do you clean up the registry when you can't log into the console?

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http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

by kalanziut In reply to

surely davebkelly, i really agree wit u. used offline NT password & registry editor by http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/ and it works great. thanx for de post.

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cool

by vivek.r84 In reply to Recover Administrator Pas ...

Good Thing.

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bart pe

by kpak44wh In reply to cool

I always keep a copy of bart pe, it has a password retore
program on it. I can see the old password, or change it . I can
also make any user the default admin account. It works
good to, but only if you have another computer to download
it and burn it as a cd

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