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Travis Haze Dec 03, 2005, 08:24pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Alright so a computer at work has had it's password changed. People have been named, fingers have been pointed and tempers have flared but we cannot find the correct password.

Now I am thinking of ways to recover this password. They only have an administrator account (booting in safe mode only boots the same account.) So now I am thinking of taking the hard-drive out of their computer and putting it in mine and running some program that can get the password for me. The problem is I'm not sure if there is such a program that I can run from my WinXP on their WinXP. Most of them I have found require a bootdisk that really does not seem safe to me. This computer has a lot of data/programs on it that needs to be recovered. If anyone knows a different way of recovering the password, please let me know.

Thanks in advance!
Travis


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James Marlin Dec 03, 2005, 08:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Password recovery... a safe way to do it?
From what I know of it, it's really hard to do. I always make a password recovery floppy, but unless someone thought of that before, it won't help making one now.
I'd think you'd be able to recover all the data though, I've done a couple of new installs, and I've copied the program files and the documents and settings folders to another drive first (too lazy to do it the right way).
Never had any problems getting data files off the older installs that way.
On the other hand if you had custom spread sheets or such, those you'll most likely have to recreate by hand.

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leastcmplicated Dec 03, 2005, 10:24pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Password recovery... a safe way to do it?
there are password crackers online, unfortunalty you have to pay for them... but its work that would be paying for it :) well wait, is it xp pro? is it on a network? is it linked to active directory?

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Dec 03, 2005, 10:44pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Password recovery... a safe way to do it?
http://ebcd.pcministry.com/
I've used it before for password recovery, it works great.

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"EBCD will be very useful when you need to:
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Change password of any user, including administator of Windows NT/2000/XP OS. You do not need to know the old password."

Travis Haze Dec 04, 2005, 01:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Password recovery... a safe way to do it?
James, the programs themselves need to be saved since they apparently do not have all their software CDs and don't want to buy all new software.

leastcmplicated, it's XP pro and on a network... I don't know what the other thing is...

McFly, i'm downloading it and going to try it tommorow. It looks complicated though. How do you change the password of the administrator? (since you've done it before)

thanks guys

leastcmplicated Dec 04, 2005, 10:35pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Password recovery... a safe way to do it?
do you have a server, do you use microsoft Exchange as your email? are you the network administrator? Chances are every user is on active directory. Just contact your network admin and they should be able to change the password, piece of cake, i have to do it all the time. Tell you what, how many servers you got there? go to each one, go to start > Administrative Tools and see if there is Active Directory. Click on it, find the username that has lost its password, right click on the username, click Reset Password. Reset it to something generic like 1111 and check the box that says User Must Change Password at Next Logon. (or something like that) then they can change it to whatever they want. easy.

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Tennessee Nov 19, 2010, 10:27am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Password recovery... a safe way to do it?
I know you said you are hesitant to use a boot disk, but I have used the bootable CD (download and burn the iso) from these folks for many years with good success:

http://www.pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

I've also done the offline password recovery you mention and it is time consuming. With this utility, you can quickly reset the password to whatever you so desire. I've never had it destroy data...even on the rare occasions that it didn't successfully reset the password. That being said, it still wouldn't be a bad idea to pull the drive and backup the data prior to running anything.

Good luck Travis...I've been in your situation and it is very frustrating.

Tennessee Nov 19, 2010, 10:29am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Password recovery... a safe way to do it?
OOPS...sorry guys, I just saw the date on the original post...now I do feel stupid...but this is still a good utility to keep in your bag-o-tricks so maybe this was not a post in vain and can help someone else out.

emily laurence Feb 04, 2012, 01:50am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Password recovery... a safe way to do it?
forgetting password is a common issue for all human Either it is of bank account or of your Window operating system, its a mishapped that is a natural cause and can't be neglected. In order to recover the fault or regain access back to your system or its account, you need to use administrator account to solve the issue. But in case, if you have forgotten administrator account, then in such situation you can use third party <a href="http://www.windowspasswordrecovery.org">Windows Password Recovery Software</a> to break the forgotten password and regain access back.


edwardallene Apr 02, 2012, 08:38pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Windows XP Password recovery... a safe way to do it?
If you have another user account, with Administrator, we can opt it for Windows XP password recovery. Restart system and boot the system into Safe Mode. Click on the icon for the administrators account at the Account Log on Screen. Once system has booted to the XP Pc, reset password with following steps. :1. Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management. 2.Double click Local Users and Groups -> folder Users. 3.Right click the account user name which password was lost, then click Set Password. 4.Reset password - keep New Password and Confirm Password blank. 5.After finished, restart PC and login.



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