Windows 2000 Professional Administrator Password

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Is there a way i can find out what is the Administrator Password on my Windows 2000 Professional....
i Can access my regular user (mejhdy) but i cant log in to the Administrator,
I suspect my little brother changed it but i could't get him to tell me...
pls help,
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Windows  Password Recovery (list credits go to PeteLong)

Try the following,

First: Are you sure yove forgotton it? Try just hitting return (in case there is no password), Then try all the password you would usually use
remember passwords are CaSe senSiTive so try with the caps lock on and off, or capitalise the first "Letter"

NB. All these tools, and links are to third party tools and involve directly or indirectly changing the registry. I accept no responsibility for their use.

Your passwords are held (encrypted) in your registry and in youre "restore" directory. These tools edit one or more of these locations from a boot disk

Arm yourself with a blank (clean) Floppy Disk

Ive used this one on XP and it works

Or try the following

This link will download software that creates a Linux Boot floppy that will let you change Passwords.


Using this link you will have to download the Image writer then the boot disk image


Or try This one from Sunbelt


This ones NOT free but Its what I use


Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, Bootdisk


Heres some further reading

How to Log On to Windows XP If You Forget Your Password or Your Password Expires;en-us;321305 

Good luck

Is your user a member to the Administrators group??  

If it is, you can reset the Administrator password by:
-Opening your Control Panel, then users and passwords
-Select the Administrator account and click the reset button.  
-Enter in the new password twice.

If you aren't a member of the Administrator group, your best bet would be to get the password from your brother!

By the way, if your not an Administrator and you are able to get into the Administrator account, you should make your user an Administrator!
Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer

His question should be answered, but I'm not sure if he's satisfied with the answer. I think a split would be the best.

Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer


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