Password recovery

Posted on 2006-06-10
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Have a legitimate atty client that took maternity leave and did not return to the work world.  After moving around she has finally settled again and unpackedd her old laptop.

She cannot remember any passwords and I can access the drive after removing it and connecting it as a USB dr.

How can I recover the passwords?


Question by:Stardotstar
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r-k earned 50 total points
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You can reset the password using this utility:

(I am asuming she's using Windows)

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ID: 16877612
Sorry forgot to say that there is no bootable floppy or CD.

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llefebure earned 50 total points
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If you are talking about the resetting the windows password to login, then use the utility r-k mentioned.

Either put a USB floppy drive on that PC, or pull the drive out and put it into another PC that has a floppy drive built in. Don't put it in a USB hard drive case, as that will only allow you to access data while booting from another instance of windows, which isn't what your goal is.
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stafi earned 400 total points
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Author Comment

ID: 16877798
Hmm did something wrong, pu in another and changed but rebooted and still locked out.  Trying again.

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ID: 16877824
when I run the rec disk it shows the admin account and the user acct as locked or disabled, is this a problem?
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ID: 16877837
No, just ask it to unlock and enable them.

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ID: 16877844
OK this time I told it to blank them.  It is running CHKDSK now.  Fingers crossed!

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ID: 16877878
Still not working.  Keeps telling me make sure user name and domain are correct.

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