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The Administrator password for a Windows server or Windows
2000/XP-based workstation is unknown, and without it, you cannot make changes
to the system.
A password is used to secure the Windows Administrator
account, which has complete control over the operating system.
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Depending on your situation, you can choose one of these six
methods to solve the problem:
- Log in
to the system with the user ID and password of an account with
Administrator rights and change the Administrator password.
- Log in
as a user with a known password and try to trick a service that has system-level
access, such as the Spooler Service in Windows NT 4.0, into running system
utilities to change the password.
- Use a
password-recovery utility such as LC4 (formerly LOphtCrack) to crack the
original Administrator password.
- Use a
utility such as ERD Commander to boot the Windows machine from a set of
floppy disks, and then reset the Administrator password.
the hard drive of the system with the lost password and make it the data
drive of another system for which you do know the Administrator password,
then change the password.
Windows on the workstation or server, but make sure you select Upgrade
rather than a new installation. Also be sure not to format or delete any
partitions on the system.
You can help prevent this problem from occurring again by
following these steps:
- If you’re using Windows XP, create a Password Recovery
- Document and store Administrator passwords in a secure
- Create passwords that are complicated enough for
potential hackers not to be able to guess, but simple enough for trusted
members of your IT staff to remember.
- Create a secured personal account on workstations with
Administrator rights that you can use as a backdoor.