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Windows 2000 Pro password problem

Discussion in 'All other topics' started by toapro, Feb 23, 2005.

  1. toapro

    toapro Member

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    heres the story...in my school we have a broadcasting class with a few computers in it...along with the school come a few a-holes who dont care about life...this usually ends up messing us good people up who want to do good in life. So some moron set a password on one of the computers with windows 2000 professional and now we cant use it. Is there anyway to fix this...without reformatting?
     
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    try going in safemode to see if can disable or remove the password
     
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    You should be able to have the administrator remove that password. Whoever the IT person is who is in charge of that PC.
     
  4. toapro

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    well....someone else kinda claimed the spot of "admin" so there isnt much i can think of to try except for the safemode idea.
     
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    http://www.lostpassword.com/windows-xp-2000-nt.htm

    Try this site above for a tool to reset the administrative password. Others are on the web also.

    I am still a bit puzzled how an administrative password can be changed by someone without such a privilege. Must be a very cleaver individual to be able to accomplish this or the server wasn’t set up properly in the first place.

    Good luck :)
     
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    (it wasnt set up properly...or safely)
     
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    Did you get the situation corrected with a new password, etc.?
     
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    not yet...i tried two of those password changer things and they dont get started whenever i start the computer up...just goes straight to windows. I DO have it set to boot from floppy before hard drive...so i dunno. any more ideas?
     
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    did you try safemode??
     
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    Search for chntpw for whichever linux distro you have, the Debian version will work with Knoppix

    Boot with a Knoppix Linux cd or a Linux floppy

    Mount the NTFS volume and make it writeable

    Run chntpw and reset the password

    EDIT
    Found an easier way, go to
    http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
    They have a floppy image with chntpw already on it. Just boot with that and follow the instructions on that page

     
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    Windows NT and derivities use the SAM file to store Passwords. There is a product called Lopht Crack which will rewite the Hashes in the SAM file so rather than crack the password, it re-writes it. The way it works is that it boots in to Linux on a boot disk, which can read the NTFS partition and then you get a dos screen with the option to write your own password. Look up LophtCrack and if you are still having problems, I'll pint you to where you can get it.
     

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