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Posted on 2005-03-11
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I need to know how to coax Windows 2000 Professional through some back door to give me my own Administrative User password. I must have over 100 passwords for different things written down and just can't find this one.
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This might be mentioned in the above link, but I have used this bootdisk both floppy and CD and it works just great:
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
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by:Mike Kline
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Pete Long who is a major contributor to this site has a great page too

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

as always THANKS PETE!!

Thanks
Mike
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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>>>This might be mentioned in the above link, but I have used this bootdisk both floppy and CD and it works just great:
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

Eagle...your method really works great....It is absloutely free and works really Great!!!.
I have used it many times and all threads posted at EE regarding this has followed the same.

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by:Callandor
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It is the first free tool in my link as well - by consensus, it is pretty good.
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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Yes..i haven't seen your post....but most of the sites and Experts recommend this tool only...yes this MCSE website also recommends this :-)
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by:Wayne Barron
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[robertproden]

  I little future advise.

Always try to use the same "Password" (or) atleast have about 1-5 Different Passwords
that you use. Do not have a lot of them, so that you will not be faced with this issue in the future again.
Having a lot of different Password & Usernames for your different Accounts, can cause some major issues.

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  About your 2000 Admin account.
Do you have another User on the machine that has "Administrative Rights"?
If so, then you can log on with that User and Change the Password for the [Administrator] Accont.

Simply do the following in the Other "Admin user Account"

Go To:

My Computer | Control Panel

Choose:   Users & Passwords

When the Dialog apears
Choose [ Administrator ]

Bottom of the Window choose [Set Password]

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That is all there is to it.
That is if you have another "Admin User"
If not, then please follow the helpful advice for the other users above.

Good Luck
Carrzkiss
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