Windows 2000 logon bypass

Hello Experts, I bought a Dell Latitude loaded with Windows 2000 Pro off of Ebay. The computer logon will not let me in and the person I bought it from doesn't remember the password. The user is "Administrator" by default. How do I reset it, or bypass, without reformatting or losing all the info on the hard drive? Additional bonus points for quick fix! Please help!!!
rhankinsAsked:
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
Hello rhankins =)

Try to recover\change Administrator's password using one of the method\tool below :)

Forgot Administrator Password:
http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

Or Use this Tool
http://ebcd.pcministry.com/
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
Windows  Password Recovery

I've put various methods of Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Password Recovery on my website see,

http://www.petenetlive.com/Tech/Windows/WinGen/passwordrecovery.htm


Pete
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dwarner8Commented:
Add a second harddrive and change the orignal password locked harddrive as a slave to the other harddrive.  Then go and find the SAM file and delete it.  THis will take care of it.
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AACCosmosCommented:
Try the ERD-commander 2003 boot cd and you can reset the administrator password.


www.winternals.com
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gman447Commented:
If you have any Linux experience, you can boot the computer with Knoppix Linux

http://www.knoppix.net/

 and extract the .SAM file (the file where windows stores the password.) otherwise you can also use knoppix to  copy any important files you need to a flash disk or external hard drive.

 You may end up  haveing to reformat the Hard Drive and re install windows.

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