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Forgotten password/changed?

By kchamberlin ·
I have a pc that needs work done to it but can't get past the Windows Password! I know what I set it up as - someone changed it. Nobody remembers who or what or why. It is sitting now asking for the windows password and I can't get past it!!! This is a Windows 2000 Pro. Any help? I don't want to **** the machine away.

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Admin Rights

by f1dotcom In reply to Forgotten password/change ...

You have not specified whether you have admin rights on the computer. If you have admin rights on the computer, then you can logon using the administrator profile and change the password. If you do not have the admin password, it is almost impossible to reset the password.

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Admin rights

by kchamberlin In reply to Admin Rights

Yes I have Admin rights. It is not taking the password I set up for it. I can't even get to a command prompt. I have a tool if I could get there!

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Reset the password with locksmith

by carl In reply to Admin rights

The following tool from Sysinternals will reset the password if you have physical access.

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by kchamberlin In reply to You could try this:

Followed link - all dead links from there.

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Here's a better one...

by admin In reply to You could try this:

Sorry about that! The authors page is better anyway... tells which versions to use (and not use) for 2k -something I have not done. It explains the whole thing though... it may or may not work for you.

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I try this and it works!

by TECHFISH In reply to You could try this:

I have try this, inside contain
the file to generate a bootable diskette and
will boot to linux/unix base environment
you can change any password you want.
very cool and straight forward and I have try it and and works fine. Thefile you
can search from the net, if you could't get it
reply to me!

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by chutchings In reply to Forgotten password/change ...

One way to regain administrative rights is to reinstall W2k without formating the drive. You won't lose any data on the drive and you'll be able to acces it all.

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