I just bought a used win server 03 off ebay w/ admin password protected

By scssnow ·
I recently won an auction on eBay for a dell power edge 800 p4 and when I booted up it had the administrator password and I don't have a clue of how to bypass or access the system. I would appreciate some advice on how to access my computer without the knowing the password and setup my new server under my administration.

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Reinstall Windows Server 2003 on it. That's the best I can tell you.

by ManiacMan In reply to I just bought a used win ...

There are other ways to crack the password, but since this is a public forum, it is our policy to not disclose password hacking or cracking methods due to the high likelihood that the information will be misused for illicit purposes. Your best option would be to reinstall Windows Server 2003 from a legally owned copy of the software. I'm sorry to say, but you have just learned the first lesson of buying used computers on eBay, which is to know beforehand if the seller will provide you with the software media for the system and/or the administrator password. I wish I could help you further, but due to our ethical standards, I cannot.

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more creative

by CG IT In reply to Reinstall Windows Server ...

looks like a more creative way of asking how to crack passwords.

Can't tell them how, but can say buy the passware program.

though I doubt they will opt to. Most want to get their hands on a script that can be put on a traveldrive.

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Contact the seller

by NickNielsen In reply to I just bought a used win ...

Ask him for the password or the software media. If he can't or won't provide them and he advertised a "complete" system, file a complaint. Note: A "complete" computer will include the original media for all installed software.

But you'll still have to purchase a licensed copy of Windows...unless you install Linux.

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Bypassing is the wrong route

by Tig2 In reply to I just bought a used win ...

Nick's advice is a good way to go. You want to be certain that you are running licensed software and you must get the recovery disks. I would think that you would want to refresh the load, regardless.

And as Nick suggests, a Linux is a good choice for a server. There are excellent distros available along with some superior free Unix distros. If you want to go down that route, there are some really knowledgeable folks here and in the Linux forums that can help you get started.

Good luck!

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Well if you bought a legit system it comes with the Recovery Disc

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I just bought a used win ...

So use that to install the OS so that you have complete control over the system. Or at least as much control as M$ allows you to have.

If you didn't get a recovery Disc the seller has failed to comply with M$ End User License Agreement and you can not legally use the OS supplied on the system and even if it was open and working you are still unsure if some back door has been inserted into the system to steal anything that you install to it so a clean install is necessary.

If you didn't get the Recovery Disc you can always ring Dell and get a replacement Recovery Disc for a few $ and use that to reload the system. That is of course if the unit originally came with a Windows Server Install and not just a XP version of Windows. Look on the case for a Windows Server COA. If there isn't one the system was never legit in the first place.


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