getting around password on XP

July 25, 2006 at 12:16:20
Specs: win XP, crapy
My dad's got a computer with a password on it that he doesn't know... he wants to use the computer without wiping out the hard drive because he wants the programs on the computer... he was trying to get rid of the password by installing a second drive as the master.

right now I can access all the files in the passworded hard drive... is there someway to reset/delete the password to access the windows XP installation on that drive?

He's gonna take otu the hard drive he installed after he frees up the password..


I hope that made sense



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#1
July 25, 2006 at 12:19:33
Google is your friend

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=bypass+xp+password


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#2
July 25, 2006 at 12:53:39
Go through safe mode then it should show administrator, it should not have a password, then go to con. pan. and delete password to user(s)

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#3
July 25, 2006 at 13:47:37
How to reset forgotten password on XP
May work for you....post back

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#4
July 25, 2006 at 14:14:52
I had a similar problem where it refused to accept the password that I had used all year. Or maybe once out of 20-30 tries it would work. Once I got in, I changed the password, but the next time I booted it didn't recognize the new OR old password.
I booted up in Safe mode, but it still asked for the password! I couldn't get into DOS, or a command line, either. I finally had to reinstall XP.

A positive attitude won't solve all your problems, but it will annoy just enough people to be worth the effort.


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#5
July 25, 2006 at 14:46:24
I have a bootable CD with Ophcrack on it. It'll tell you all user passwords being used on the machine. Simply boot to the CD and wait (nothing more to it). I originally found the CD at sourceforge.net, but it can also be found here or here.

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#6
July 25, 2006 at 14:51:31
"It'll tell you all user passwords being used on the machine. "

I mean, the passwords for all user accounts on the machine, including the administrator account. And it'll give them to you in just a few minutes.

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#7
July 25, 2006 at 14:54:32
Sci-Guy, thanks for the awesome links. How HUGE is that file anyways? Wow, says I have an hour remaining at 160 KB/sec

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#8
July 25, 2006 at 15:10:01
Sci-Guy, sorry, I was watching the D/L and saw how big the file is...thanks anyways...I was just misreading it I guess.

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#9
July 26, 2006 at 07:57:12
Sci-Guy, and others. ophcrack does not appear to work with XP/PRO, It simply does not display the passwords.

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#10
July 26, 2006 at 08:12:59
It also didn't work with XPHome

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#11
July 26, 2006 at 09:35:06
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.)

http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm

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

boot:

You only have seconds to type so type in
nt_pass
(The _may already be there, if so still type nt_pass)

It should look like this

boot: nt_pass

Press ENTER

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.

EDIT COMPLETE

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.

Press CTRL-ALT-DEL

Release

Press CTRL-ALT-DEL

Release

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.


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#12
July 26, 2006 at 09:48:12
Wow, thanks birdlegs, I'll give that a shot. I had a problem on a clients PC with XP Pro, thanks again

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#13
July 26, 2006 at 09:55:09
Do I have to buy this program or is the demo fully functional? Demo version will allow you to reset a 'Demo12345' password only?
Thanks

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#14
July 26, 2006 at 10:00:58
Also Knoppix - Linux on a CD - will do same as the Austrumin CD (above)... Can be downloaded and burnt to a CD; or you can buy the CD for a few pennies...

Also there is an excellent O'Reilly Knoppix hack handbook... Not a naughty hack book; actually an excellent how to use Linux on CD... The Knoppix CD has assorted utils included too...


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#15
July 26, 2006 at 10:23:01
trvlr, thanks for the Knoppix idea, Can you please tell me what to D/L, I went to the site and because I don't have fttp installed I have to D/L through http. Then there's a huge list of D/L's.
I would appreciate it,
Thanks

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#16
July 26, 2006 at 10:26:39
Nothing to buy using Austrumi, just scroll down to #5 of the free tools and start there.

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#17
July 26, 2006 at 10:42:11
Knoppix is free if you download it (like Austrumi); it only costs... if you order a CD (and that price seems to vary...?)

http://www.knoppix.org/

is the Knoppix site; click on downloads and pick your source/mirror site...

However... this site may be more user friendly and I'd tend to favour it over that first one?

http://www.knoppix.net/get.php

If Austrumi is a free download of similar utils/package... perhaps alos check that out too.

The O'Reilly book is worth a browse too at your local "reading room" (Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc...); maybe even to buy - $30 or thereabouts - possibly even cheaper via Bookpool/Amazon/Barnes & Noble etc.)?


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#18
July 26, 2006 at 10:51:43
Thanks trvlr

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#19
July 26, 2006 at 11:45:15
Hmm, I've used Ophcrack on both XP Pro and Home without any problems.

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#20
July 26, 2006 at 11:55:07
Sorry Sci-Guy it works perfectly, one just needs to be a little patient and let it do it's thing, Thanks for the tip, great tool for us that works on computers.

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