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stupid Q: Lost my password...

Posted on 2003-10-25
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I wanted to move my webserver from one domain to another.
i changed to WORKGROUP and apperantly he wants a password for the administrator account to login the machine. to the best of my knowledge i never place password on admin accountm but who knows what i have done 6-7 years ago on that machine,,,
some advise and procedure to unlock the beast will help at this point.

michael
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by:fishturd
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I think everyone has done this kind of thing at one point or another :-)

Have a search for readntfs.exe in google, this should create a bootdisk that is able to read your NTFS partition and access the registry to reset the password to null.  There are quite a few programs like this one (wish i could remember where I found this one) but this is a far quicker route than using something like Lophtcrack to brute force the password (should only take a couple of minutes)

Good luck
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by:fishturd
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just found this:

http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/smm/rescue.zip

should do something similar to my NTFSreader.exe prog
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by:fishturd
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my mistake... this one seems to be for FAT32 drives only

try this instead:

http://www.pchelplive.com/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=10
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by:Info_user100
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Hi fishturd
i downloaded the program readnfts.exe but couldn't find instructions how to reset the admin password. i gues that i need to erase the SAM file under winnt\system32\config + in the repair directory. am i right?
m
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by:Info_user100
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Hi fishturd
i downloade the readnfts program but couldn't find instruction how to offset the admin password. i guess that the SAM file need to be erased from both directories. am i right?
m
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by:nader alkahtani
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Yes you are right when you delete winnt\system32\config\SAM  to access to machine

but you are not right when you delete BACKUP sam from Repair folder

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by:pierianeft
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How do you DELETE a file in NTFSREAD?
I found only "Ctl-C to Copy" in instructions.
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