Reset Admin password - via XP install CD

Dell / Precision t3400
August 2, 2010 at 06:51:44
Specs: Windows XP, 4gb
Some time ago I found an article on the net which detailed a process for accessing User Manager during the Windows XP repair/install process. It wen t along the lines of:

1) Boot from the XP installation CD
2) During a certain part of the repair/setup process press one of the 'F' keys. This brought up a command prompt
3) From the command prompt you can type in the relevant command and launch User Manager.

I've spent the best part of an hour searching the net for the answer but keep coming up blank.

I can't use a 3rd party boot CD as this particular computer is on our domain and we are not permitted to use unathorised software on it. The PC has dropped off the domain and therefore we can't log on witha domain admin account. A previous admin disabled the local administrator account which is why I need to use the afore-mentioned method to reset the password.

Many thnks
rich


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#1
August 2, 2010 at 07:27:33
Don't you have IT people that can help?

"I can't use a 3rd party boot CD as this particular computer is on our domain and we are not permitted to use unathorised software on it"

You're going to have to bend the rules. To recover or reset the password, unplug the network cable, then boot off a 3rd party password recovery disc. You won't be doing a software installation, so it shouldn't be a problem. Once you've done your dirty work, plug back into the network.

http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_admin...



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#2
August 2, 2010 at 07:50:48
Jam, I AM the IT person! ;)

Half the problem is that this PC is in a remote office which I can't get to myself for at least a couple of weeks. There's someone there with one of our Dell installation CDs who I trust enough to be to talk through the process.

Unfortunately there's no question of bending the rules in this instance, I would lose my job, plain and simple. The frustrating part is that I KNOW this can be done using the installation media.

The only other option is to get th elaptop sent back to me and rebuild it from scratch, something I really don't want to have to do.

Thanks anyway for your help.

If anyone else can recall how to do what I'm asking, please let me know.

cheers


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#3
August 2, 2010 at 09:22:29
??Best guess

Shift F10 backdoor

http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/...


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#4
August 2, 2010 at 17:39:38
I think you are talking about the W2K deal. It was fixed in XP.

You can access what might be termed dos by going to the repair selection. Not the most easy way to access an xp disk.

Any bootable cd can access sam. A ton of live cd's can reset local to blank. Worse comes to worse a clean install never hurts.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#5
August 3, 2010 at 00:33:00
Thanks guys, David hit the nail on the head. That was the trick I was looking for but couldn't remember!

Many thanks David.


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#6
August 3, 2010 at 13:03:52
Thought for sure they fixed that. Guess not.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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