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Help! I forgot my Windows Administrator Password

 
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 3:50 pm    Post subject: Help! I forgot my Windows Administrator Password Reply with quote

Free Windows password-cracking tools are usually Linux boot disks that have NT file system (NTFS) drivers and software that will read the registry and rewrite the password hashes for any account including the Administrators. This process requires physical access to the console and an available floppy drive but it works like a charm! I've done it myself several times with no glitch or problem whatsoever.

Beware!!! Resetting a user's or administrator's password on some systems (like Windows XP) might cause data loss, especially EFS-encrypted files and saved passwords from within Internet Explorer. To protect yourself against EFS-encrypted files loss you should always export your Private and Public key, along with the keys for the Recovery Agent user. Please read more about EFS on my What's EFS? page. Out of the following list, the only tool that will no cause any harm to EFS-encrypted files on your hard disk is the Windows Password recovery system.

Here are 5 of these free tools:

1) Windows Password recovery - Can retrieve forgotten admin and users' passwords in minutes. Safest possible option, does not write anything to hard drive.

2) Petter Nordahl-Hagen's Offline NT Password & Registry Editor - A great boot CD/Floppy that can reset the local administrator's password.

bd050303.zip (~1.1MB) - Bootdisk image, date 050303.
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/bd050303.zip

cd050303.zip (~3MB) - Bootable CD image with same version and drivers as floppies above
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/cd050303.zip

sc050303.zip(~1.4MB) - SCSI-drivers (050303) (only use newest drivers with newest bootdisk, this one works with bd050303)
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/sc050303.zip

To write these images to a floppy disk you'll need RawWrite2 which is included in the Bootdisk image download. To create the CD you just need to use your favorite CD burning program and burn the .ISO file to CD.


3) Openwall's John the Ripper - Good boot floppy with cracking capabilities.
http://www.openwall.com/john/dl/john-16w.zip

4) EBCD Emergency Boot CD - Bootable CD, intended for system recovery in the case of software or hardware faults.

5) Austrumi - Bootable CD for recovering passwords and other cool tools.
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/austrumi/austrumi-0.9.2.iso?download (50MB)

If you happen to know about other free tools please let me know .
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps UBCD4WIN should be added to the list (Ultimate Boot Disk For Windows).

I've used that to help clients get thier computers back online.

http://www.ubcd4win.com/
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