Lost the login password for a Windows 2000 stand alone server

Posted on 2005-04-14
Last Modified: 2010-07-27

I have a job to work on a server and the users have lost the password to their Windows 2000 server, they cant get onto the system at all.  Is there a way to get in and recreate the password, Thanks
Question by:CESHELP
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    Courtesy of CrazyOne, and mostly free...


    image files  (1.4MB - Bootdisk image, date 011022) (~700KB) - SCSI-drivers (011022)
    This is a utility to (re)set the password of any user that has a valid (local) account on your NT system, by modifying  the crypted password in the registrys SAM file.

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    Change administrator password on NT/2000, without knowing it!!! Bootdisk...

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    Run it to create a boot floppy then follow the instructions. If you choose to do this then you are doing this at your own risk. Just change the admin pw and login then change the account pw's that you desire. Make sure you have a floppy disk in the floppy drive and let the program create the boot floppy. Now restart the machine a let it boot from the floppy. Now follow what it instructs you to do.

    Use it like a bootdisk.

    NTAccess can replace the administrator password of a Windows XP, Windows NT or Windows 2000 system by rebooting the computer with a special set of boot disks or CD-ROM (XP only). This is useful if you forgot the administrator password and cannot access the Windows XP/2000/NT system.

    LC3 - The Password Auditing and Recovery Application
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    Windows XP / 2000 / NT Key is a program to reset Windows XP / 2000 / NT security if Administrator password, secure boot password or key disk is lost.

    Or you could, if you have a FAT32 file system, just boot to a Win98 bootdisk and rename the SAM file (registry Hive) in the C:\WINNT\system32\config folder to something else. Of course this will remove all accounts on the system and you will need to rebuild them. If you are using NTFS then boot to the Win2000 CD and do this from the Recovery console. This potentiall destructive so use only as a last resort

    For XP
    Windows XP Tip: Password Recovery Disk
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    Thanks I will check them out.
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