Windows 2000 Pro, lost domain, do not have local password...

Posted on 2004-11-26
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I have a laptop running Windows 2000 Professional.  It was removed from a MS domain and I do not have the password for the local account.  I know that I can just format the hard drive and load a new OS, but I was hoping to save some of the old data on the hard drive.  The domain was removed by accident by my nephew who was just playing on the computer.  I do not have access to the domain that was configured on the laptop, so I can not take it to the help desk.  Is there any way to bypass this password in Windows 2000?
Question by:dz2jyp
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    If you only want to save the data plug the hardrive to another desktop running windows 2000 or XP.  You should be able to read the hardrive and copy the data.  

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    You will need an adapter though to be able to plug it into an IDE ribbon.  Here is a link to the item you would need.
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    This is one of the best utilities that I have found, it will let you reset the administrator or any user password:

    Complete instructions are on the website.  Good luck :)

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      The link you sent me to worked great.  i had trouble downloading some of the other options.  Thanks,

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