Win2k and lost password...

We've lost our password for Windows 2000...  I honestly don't know any specs on the computer; it's not mine...  Is there any way to bypass the password?  I'm assuming the drive is allocated in NTFS but I'm not for certain yet.
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CrazyOneConnect With a Mentor Commented:
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Change administrator password on NT/2000, without knowing it!!! Bootdisk...
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expert shekerra found this little diddy to crack the SAM


You download this:

Run it to create a boot floppy then follow the instructions. If you choose to do this then you are doing this at your own risk. Just change the admin pw and login then change the account pw's that you desire.


Change the .zl9 extension to .exe and then run it. Make sure you have a floppy disk in the floppy drive and let the program create the boot floppy. Now restart the machine a let it boot from the floppy. Now follow what it instructs you to do.

Use it like a bootdisk.

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.

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L0phtCrack, The integrated password cracker for NT

Windows XP / 2000 / NT Key is a program to reset Windows XP / 2000 / NT security if Administrator password, secure boot password or key disk is lost.

Or you could, if you have a FAT32 file system, just boot to a Win98 bootdisk and rename the SAM file (registry Hive) in the C:\WINNT\system32\config folder to something else. Of course this will remove all accounts on the system and you will need to rebuild them. If you are using NTFS then boot to the Win2000 CD and do this from the repair console.

For XP
Windows XP Tip: Password Recovery Disk
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bobwattAuthor Commented:
sorry that it has taken so long on this question.  My son submitted the question without my knowledge.  thanks for your time and links - I can use them in the future.
Uh Oh did we give him ideas that we shouldn't have?
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