Windows 2000 logon bypass

Posted on 2004-11-13
Last Modified: 2011-08-18
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!!!
Question by:rhankins
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    Hello rhankins =)

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

    Forgot Administrator Password:

    Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

    Or Use this Tool
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    by:Pete Long
    Windows  Password Recovery

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

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    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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    Try the ERD-commander 2003 boot cd and you can reset the administrator password.

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    If you have any Linux experience, you can boot the computer with Knoppix Linux

     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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    by:Pete Long

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