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Reset Windows XP Password

A laptop need to be reconditioned for a new user but the privous users password still portects the OS. Before reinstalling the OS we would like to access the data on the drive but the password is not know. Ive tried using the install disk repair option but the Administrator Password is required. There is no floppy drive because currently the year is 2009. None of the ISO's of the bootable OS recovery tools dont seem to burn correctly. Any ideas?
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Kerberos24Commented:
One option is to create a BART PE disk that uses virtual memory (I think) to boot into its own environment.  You can customize the disk to include a utility that will allow you to change the admin password even if you don't know what the previous password was.  This, of course, should only be used in the proper way as in your situation.  This disk bypasses the windows install all together by booting into its own environment so changing the password is quick and easy.  Take a look and see if that is an option or possibly confer with some co-workers to see if there is already a disk built that you can borrow.  
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MightySWCommented:
I agree,

You can get it here:

http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/#download
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johnb6767Commented:
Forgot the Administrator's Password? - Windows Password Recovery ...
http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm

I Forgot My Administrator Password!
http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/pub0009/LPMArticle.asp?ID=305

Forgot the Administrator password - Alternate Method - The LOGON.SCR trick
http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password_alternate_logon_trick.htm

Easiest thing to do is to simply burn/boot this utility found here.....

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor (v080526 - May 2008)
home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/
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johnb6767Commented:
I would try another iso burner possibly....

CDBurnerXP: Introduction and News
http://cdburnerxp.se/

Or even on another machine.....
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MightySWCommented:
John is going for Savant T-shirt this month... LOL
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mycarefreepcCommented:
Just pull the drive out and hook it to another PC and you can get the data there.
Or you can burn a Knoppix Live CD, boot to that (with the drive still in) and move everything to a USB stick (this will work even if you don't know the profile password).
http://www.knoppix.org/
Or you can use NTFS Password Reset and reset the profile and admin passwords that way:
http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/ (I use this all the time).
Cheers,
Brian
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TonyStCommented:
If the "previous" users profile was setup to mark his files "private" then you will not be able to see or read them with BART/PE.  You will have to gain access as the administrator and "change" the users password to something that you know. DO NOT DELETE the users password. Just change it to something else.
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johnb6767Commented:
I do like the new shirts..... :)
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mycarefreepcCommented:
Hello -
I don't agree with the point distribution, especially with awarding Kerberos24's answer because it's all guessing.  If you read that suggestion you'll see "I think" and "confer with co-workers" and "customize the disk to include a utility that will allow you to change the admin password" .... OK, and what would that utility be?  I think they mean a "plugin" .. and BartPE does not run in virtual memory, it runs in RAM.  It's a wordy answer, but there's no real help there.  It's kind of like me telling you how to climb a mountain and I say "Well you need some rope, and some metal things, good shoes" and not telling you where to get this stuff or how to use it.
The real answer to the original poster's problem is by johnb6767 and my answer supporting indicating the easiest and best way to accomplish what the OP wants (johnb had also recommended) and also gave him a sure fire way for him to boot in to an environment (Knoppix) and get the data that way without ever needing to know/change the password.  Knoppix could care less what the file permissions are.  If it's NTFS and not damaged, Knoppix will mount it and you can get data until your heart is content.
Please take the above points in to consideration and possibly reconsider the distribution of points.
Best regards,
Brian Drain
 
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richardjones1025Author Commented:
My issue is that the REAL ANSWER was using Ubuntu to boot up and then change the admin password. But no one suggested that. I had to ask some colleugues
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mycarefreepcCommented:
richardjones1025: Yes, Ubuntu is one way of doing it, along with the answers that johnb6767 and I gave you.  Booting in to Ubuntu to change a NTFS password is like using a sledgehammer to drive a thumb tack, overkill.  Next time, try the NTFS Offline Password and Registry editor and do it in a fraction of the time.  Of course, if you have repeated ISO burn failures then you've got a bad drive or a bad burning program (imgburn is excellent).
Glad you solved your issue.
Regards,
Brian Drain
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TolomirAdministratorCommented:
I wonder with what tools one can reset the windows password with linux?

Access all (unencrypted) data ok, but a password change?

Tolomir
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mycarefreepcCommented:
Hi Tolomir -
It can be done, but like I said earlier it's like taking a sledgehammer to drive a tack.  Check out the below for some reading.  There might be some other ways to do it, but this is the way I'm familiar with in Linux when you're not using a custom program that runs in the linux kernel space (like the Offline NTFS Registry and Password editor).... However since I don't routinely use this method maybe there is something specific to Ubuntu that the OP can share with us, that would be helpful..
http://www.astahost.com/info.php/how-reset-nt-password-using-knoppix-std_t8716.html
http://www.linuxbasement.com/content/changing-nt-passwords-with-linux-and-chntpw
http://www.irongeek.com/i.php?page=security/localsamcrack2
http://agnipulse.com/2009/01/change-windows-password-from-ubuntuubuntu-live-cd/
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-ways-to-reset-the-forgotten-windows-administrator-password/
This is what is widely used and very popular (and it works like a charm, everytime):
http://www.watchingthenet.com/reset-windows-password-when-you-have-forgotten-it.html
 
Best Regards,
Brian Drain
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richardjones1025Author Commented:
as long as we are using insulting examples i could easily said the tools i recommended by E.E. was like getting a kit on how to build a hammer thats the size of a tack to then use on the tack when i could simply use a sledge hammer instead...
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mycarefreepcCommented:
richardjones1025: Insulting?  Hardly!  I'm simply stating using Ubuntu to do that is overkill and it appears my comment was read.  Unfortunately, it does not appear as if you are interested in letting us know how you did it with Ubuntu?  
 
Cheers,
Brian Drain
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mycarefreepcCommented:
(and by the way, I really didn't mean anything to insult you, sorry if it was taken that way!)
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richardjones1025Author Commented:
it was a ubuntu disk that had a utility on the image....ubuntu was simply used to boot....then the utility launched...someone made the disk and simply burned a copy and it got it through the grape vine
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johnb6767Commented:
I honestly dont see what the problem is. If no single person suggested to DL an Ubuntu disc, then the OP should accept his own answer as the accepted answer, and accept points IF DESIRED for participation.

They have no obligation to though.....
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