|Thanks for the tip XpUser4Real I was about to install XP/Home on my test machine to try it, now I won't have to.I always use this on computers I work on that do not have the user or hidden admin P/W.|
AUSTRUMI BOOT CD
Austrumi is a Linux bootable CD for recovering/Blanking NT passwords. The CD also performs other functions as well but we will only cover blanking passwords. Get the ISO image from the following site (Scroll down the page to find Austrumi V0.9.2(iso file 50 mb download links)and burn the image to a CD, use such as Nero or cdxpburnerpro, Must use DISK IMAGE for the burn. Once the image is burned check the disc it should have two folders (boot) and (isolinux) And an (austrumi.txt file.)
Once the image is burned to a CD follow these instructions.
Set the CD/ROM as first boot device and boot the computer.
After Linux loads there will be a short pause and you will see this
You only have seconds to type so type in
(The _may already be there, if so still type nt_pass)
It should look like this
select partition by number
type (1) and ENTER
Windows/system32/config Press ENTER
select which part of the registry to load (1) is default Press ENTER
What to do? (1) is default Press ENTER
Select (!) to quit or use list of users, ADMINISTRATOR is default, If that is the choice. Press ENTER
Type (*) to blank password Press ENTER
do you really wish to change? Type (y) Press ENTER
If there are no more names to blank type (!) Press ENTER
What to do? type (q) press ENTER
About to write files back do it? type (y) press ENTER
NOTE: A disk fixup will now be done may take some time wait for it to finish.
Here you can try again if it failed to complete (n) is default press ENTER.
remove CD from the drive.
CTRL-ALT-DEL to restart the computer. A CHKDSK will be run, (you may not see it run)
Admin p/w is now blank and you can use the below procedure to gain access to the Admin account and all other accounts>
Boot to the sign in screen.
In the box that pops up type Administrator for the User name
leave the password blank and click OK or press Enter.
Windows will boot the hidden admin account.
Open Control Panel---User Accounts.
Open the account you are locked out of.
Click Remove Password//Change password
Close out the open windows and Reboot.
If that is the only account you have windows will boot to your desktop. If there is more than one account just click the previously locked account.