XP User acct password storage location in DOS

March 22, 2011 at 04:45:42
Specs: Windows XP
WHERE CAN I FIND THE PASSWORDS OF THE USER ACCOUNTS ?

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#1
March 22, 2011 at 04:48:57
Obviously, you can't. It would rather defeat the purpose of having passwords, wouldn't it?

Don't worry; the users know their passwords and if they forget them the Administrator can reset them.


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#2
March 22, 2011 at 05:57:20
Windows does not store passwords anywhere in the system. Only a hash of the password is stored and these are compared when you log in. It is impossible to recover the password from the hash value. Where the hash values are stored is not normally accessible, even with an admin account.

In the future please avoid posting in all caps.


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#3
March 22, 2011 at 15:53:29
It is in the sam data base.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996


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