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Need help getting into administrator account on donated XP Pro PCs.

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We are a non-profit and have 6 donated Dell PCs but without the administrator password. We need to retrieve/reset the administrator password to be able to use the PCs Can anyone help with knowledge of free software retrieve/reset the administrator password?

This is for legitamate, legal access to the donated hardware / software.
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Question by:BariumSprings
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You can reset it or retrieve it using a number of utilities:
http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm
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by:rotech_IT
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Try leaving the password blank.  If that doesn't work you can use this:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/gr/ophcrack.htm

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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Or About.com's number 1-rated password recovery utility, which I use:
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/passrecovery.htm
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by:BuggyCoder
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if they are not a part of any domain, rename their SAM File, password will reset automatically to empty password....
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by:BariumSprings
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Go it.
Reset to blank using the "http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm" tool.

Thanks.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Good to hear.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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A great tool to have if you don't mind using stolen software.  No one recommended it because it is against the rules of EE to recommend pirated software :)
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by:marsilies
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The Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD) has the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor included on it.
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/


Here's a guide on using the tool:
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ss/ontpre-screenshot-guide_3.htm
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A big problem with [Admin Edit -VM] still is that it comes with a bootable Windows environment, while not having the license to distribute those Windows files.

It's why the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows doesn't come as a downloadable ISO, but instead is an executable that builds an ISO from a user-supplied Windows install disc:
http://www.ubcd4win.com/faq.htm#iso
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by:John Jennings
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That's good to know. Thank you for the detail, and let it be known it was never my intention to violate EE rules. I really dig this forum, and I just got my master badge. :)

Anyways, thanks for giving me the skinny.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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Usually the moderators will edit posts with references to it.  Congrats Master JohnThePro.
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by:John Jennings
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Thank you. :)
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