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Recover password on XP

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What are the ways to recover the password on Windows XP?  Client didn't use that Dell desktop for a while and now cannot logon.

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by:adallen
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Offline NT password recover

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

works great!
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by:VBDotNetCoder
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If you want to crack (recover) the password, you must use L0PHT cracker.

If you want to change the password without entering the old password, use Lazesoft Recover My Password. There are a lot and this is one of them, easy to use...
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by:Tiras25
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So the way it works downloading that ISO on CD, boot from that CD and there will be an option to reset a password.  Correct?
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by:VBDotNetCoder
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Yes, that's correct...
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by:Tiras25
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Great.  Let me download and try few and get back to you  guys.

Thank you!!
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by:Theo01237
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ERD Commander also has a good password recover feature called Locksmith. Easiest way is to use it to reset the Administrator password and then log in and change user password. Just google ERD Commander and find a place to download the ISO from. Write the ISO to a CD and boot the system with it. You will get a windows like interface, and then you just find the software on the start menu.


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by:mshields83
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Is the computer using Fast Using Switching and the welcome screen? Is it the administrator password you dont know?

Although I have used password tools as above in the past, and they do work, sometimes its good to start with the administrator password. Many people do not bother setting one when installing Windows.

If you have the welcome screen, press control-Alt-Del together, three times in sucession, and the login screen will change to an area where you can type the username and password. Change the username to Administrator, and try without a password.

If you are not using the welcome screen, try changing the username to administrator if it is not already.

 Its amazing how many times I have got in doing this. If not blank, try passsword, admin etc. Worth a shot before downloading password cracking tools.


If this doesnt help, I can recommend the tools on http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm#1, used them a few times with success.
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by:Henry_DunnIII
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Ophcrack is the best.
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by:nobus
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i prefer ophcrack also - you only boot from the cd- and wait a bit
it tells you the password(s)
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by:Casey Herman
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hit ctrl + alt + del  twice.. It will give you the 2000ish login screen.
Type Administrator and leave the password blank..
If you didnt set an admin password from the get go.

then go into computer manager (Right click my computer then manage)
then local users and groups.
Then users
find the username right click on it and set password.
Log out and you should be good.

Casey
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by:Tiras25
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I will give it a try.  Will report later this week.

Thank  you!!
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by:c661jmb
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if the OS is XP Home, the administrator acount is disabled in normal mode. try booting into safe mode and then using the administrator account.

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by:Tiras25
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Sounds good.  Let me try these solutions and get back to you.

Thanks!!
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by:Tiras25
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I think the tool from Petri is the same as ophtcrack.  It giude you through the choices to reset the password and save the changes.

It worked, thank you!!
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by:nobus
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no - it is not the same - it lists the passwords..
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by:VBDotNetCoder
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Thank you Tiras25 (!) :)
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