Bypass W2K login on Dell Latitude LS400?

October 15, 2010 at 12:23:10
Specs: Windows 2000
Plz read to the end before responding as we have done lots of research on this matter. Most of the advice assumes that you can boot to an external device, which we can't.

I'm helping a friend who bought a Dell Latitude LS400 NETBOOK running Windows 200 and didn't realize it was setup with user names and passwords. The unit appears to have an proprietary media bay for either a CD-ROM or floppy drive, which we do not have. I have changed the BIOS to boot to a USB device, which doesn't recognize a generic USB floppy drive. Without accessing an external device we can't reformat and install a new OS. Can't get by the login screen through Safe mode. There is a recovery mode, which has no options and only seems to check the integrity of the hard drive. I have tried the Ctrl + Alt + Del thing at the login screen to no avail. Due to the type of connector on the hard drive, we can't connect it to a laptop.

This forum is our last hope. Any new ideas to bypass the W2K login screen so we can get access to the hard drive and remove the SAM file?


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#1
October 15, 2010 at 14:22:59
http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

GOOGLE is always your friend, try it sometime !!


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#2
October 15, 2010 at 17:50:06
Thanks for offering the advice. Unfortunately, the solution you proposed requires a bootable drive, such as a floppy or CD-Rom. This unit has neither; not internal or external.

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#3
October 15, 2010 at 22:28:32
Looks like trip to EBAY to buy a Multi-Bay Floppy Drive

http://cgi.ebay.com/DELL-FLOPPY-DIS...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_L...


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#4
October 20, 2010 at 20:42:21
boot off a USB jumpdrive

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#5
October 21, 2010 at 06:44:49
Thanks for the responses so far. I can't boot the netbook to ANY external device, such as flashdrive or floppy or CD-Rom, except for proprietary Dell devices. The age of the notebook does not warrant the expenditure.

What I'm looking for is a Win2K OS work-around to bypass the logon screen.


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#6
October 21, 2010 at 08:23:22
See Post #3 that is the only way, AFAIA

$6 expensive................


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#7
December 26, 2011 at 15:11:21
CD ROM USB

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