Posted on 2004-11-30
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
Is there a way to find out or get behind a password protected machine that was once networked? I have a stand alone machine running W2K that has the passowrd window pop up which I can't get rid of. I'd rather not reinstall if I can help it.

Question by:Peter_Fabri
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    Perhaps the Mods will rap our knuckles on this one, too.   What do you think, steve?
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    LOL, possible, but this has been posted here lots *grin*

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    Here is a site where you can create a boot disk that will change the Administrator password on any of the following OS's:  NT4/2000Pro/XP/2000SVR/2000ADVSVR/2003

    It works great.

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    If the password window pops at boot only MS can tell you how to find and delete ( if you can get them to tell you). If it pops for something else (after boot) it can be found in permissions.
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    are you attempting to auto logon so you don't see the popup box at all?  if so... try this

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    Change the domain under options to the local computer and try the local admin account (this assumes you may know the password if there is one)  If not, crack the local admin password with a tool easily found on the internet.  Then login locally to the machine. You will always be ablt to login locally unless they are using a different login client.  In which case safe mode should fix that problem.  

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