how to recover administrator password

February 8, 2012 at 00:04:04
Specs: Windows XP
i am a single user that is administrator in xp ..... now i forgot my administrator password....... i have kept somany important things on my desktop......... so can i recover my administrator password........ without using any third party software and i dont want to format my c drive.......

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February 8, 2012 at 00:21:48
"i have kept somany important things on my desktop"

Well you should have made backup copies of them on a second hard drive or on optical discs. A hard drive can fail at any time, then you would lose everything.
Don't you people ever learn?

Go here for the password problem:

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February 8, 2012 at 11:27:59
If the above link doesn't help you then:
Try booting into Windows Safe Mode by tapping F8 at start up. If you are prompted for a password try hitting enter. If that gets you into safe mode you can then copy your files over to another location.

If the above doesn't work then:
You can use a Live version of Linux to boot from a flash drive and then copy your personal files to a CDR/DVDR, external drive, etc.

You may need to take ownership of the files/folders at some point. Click on the first link below to learn how to do that.

To create a Live version of Linux:
Click on the link below and follow the instructions to download both Lucid Puppy and Universal USB installer. Follow the prompts to create a bootable flash drive with lupu on it. Very small version of around 130MB size.

This version will not disturb any files on your computer. You perform the operations on another computer and then set the boot order to boot from a USB flash drive before the hard drive on the computer with the problem.

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