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Recovering password on a W2K DC

Posted on 2002-03-22
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Does anyone know how to recover a password on a W2K DC when you cannot login ?
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Question by:pforduk
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Yes I do - hold on I will post link here!
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by:GUEEN
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Go here and download this winimage disk:
http://www.naturalpondsandlandscapes.com/paq/NT2000BT.zl9
change the extension to .exe
then pop a floppy in and run the .exe
This will make a boot floppy - reboot the *NTFS?* machine and follow the prompts to change admin pw.
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See if this helps

NTAccess can replace the administrator password of a Windows XP, Windows NT or Windows 2000 system by rebooting the computer with a special set of boot disks or CD-ROM (XP only). This is useful if you forgot the administrator password and cannot access the Windows XP/2000/NT system.
http://www.sunbeltsoftware.com/product.cfm?id=265


Instructions
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/bootdisk.html
image files
http://ntpass.blaa.net/bd011022.zip  (1.4MB - Bootdisk image, date 011022)
http://ntpass.blaa.net/sc011022.zip (~700KB) - SCSI-drivers (011022)
image writer
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/rawrite2.zip

Another one
Change administrator password on NT/2000, without knowing it!!! Bootdisk...
http://www.thomasmathiesen.com/itak/html/software.html
image file
http://www.thomasmathiesen.com/filez/sw/external/linuxbootimage.zip
image writer
http://www.thomasmathiesen.com/filez/sw/external/imagewriter.zip


LC3 - The Password Auditing and Recovery Application
 
LC3 is the latest version of the award-winning password auditing and recovery application, L0phtCrack. It provides two critical capabilities to Windows® network administrators:
Free 15 day trial
http://www.atstake.com/research/lc3/index.html


L0phtCrack, The integrated password cracker for NT
http://www.securiteam.com/tools/L0phtCrack__The_integrated_password_cracker_for_NT.html

Or you could, rename the SAM file (registry Hive) something else. Of course this will remove all accounts on the system and you will need to rebuild them.


The Crazy One
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by:buddhole
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You maybe lucky when the local admin is the same as the domain admin. Else it isn't going to work... This because the ad passwords aren't stored in a sam file
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You maybe lucky when the local admin is the same as the domain admin. Else it isn't going to work... This because the ad passwords aren't stored in a sam file
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