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recovery of window xp administrator password

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  • i have been forgotten my administrator password.please tell me the solution of this problem.
    Sunday, September 30, 2007 5:51 AM

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  • See here for step by step instructions: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;306214&

    Can't Log On to Windows XP?

    If that’s your only problem, then you probably have nothing to worry about. As long as you have your Windows XP CD, you can get back into your system using a simple but effective method made possible by a little known access hole in Windows XP.

    This method is easy enough for newbies to follow – it doesn’t require using the Recovery Console or any complicated commands. And it’s free - I mention that because you can pay two hundred dollars for an emergency download of Winternals ERD with Locksmith which is a utility for unlocking lost Windows passwords. See here http://www.winternals.com/products/repairandrecovery/locksmith.asp

    ERD is an excellent multi purpose product, but you should know it is not a necessary one if you have a healthy system and your sole problem is the inability to logon to Windows due to a forgotten password. Not necessary because you can easily change or wipe out your Administrator password for free during a Windows XP Repair. Here’s how with a step-by-step description of the initial Repair process included for newbie’s.

    1. Place your Windows XP CD in your cd-rom and start your computer (it’s assumed here that your XP CD is bootable – as it should be - and that you have your bios set to boot from CD)

    2. Keep your eye on the screen messages for booting to your cd Typically, it will be “Press any key to boot from cd”

    3. Once you get in, the first screen will indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading files.

    4. When you get to the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to Setup Windows now

    5. The Licensing Agreement comes next - Press F8 to accept it.

    6. The next screen is the Setup screen which gives you the option to do a Repair.

    It should read something like “If one of the following Windows XP installations is damaged, Setup can try to repair it”

    Use the up and down arrow keys to select your XP installation (if you only have one, it should already be selected) and press R to begin the Repair process.

    7. Let the Repair run. Setup will now check your disks and then start copying files which can take several minutes.

    8. Shortly after the Copying Files stage, you will be required to reboot. (this will happen automatically – you will see a progress bar stating “Your computer will reboot in 15 seconds”

    9. During the reboot, do not make the mistake of “pressing any key” to boot from the CD again! Setup will resume automatically with the standard billboard screens and you will notice Installing Windows is highlighted.

    10. Keep your eye on the lower left hand side of the screen and when you see the Installing Devices progress bar, press SHIFT + F10. This is the security hole! A command console will now open up giving you the potential for wide access to your system.

    11. At the prompt, type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. Voila! You have just gained graphical access to your User Accounts in the Control Panel.

    12. Now simply pick the account you need to change and remove or change your password as you prefer. If you want to log on without having to enter your new password, you can type control userpasswords2 at the prompt and choose to log on without being asked for password. After you’ve made your changes close the windows, exit the command box and continue on with the Repair (have your Product key handy).

    13. Once the Repair is done, you will be able to log on with your new password (or without a password if you chose not to use one or if you chose not to be asked for a password). Your programs and personalized settings should remain intact.

    I tested the above on Windows XP Pro with and without SP1 and also used this method in a real situation where someone could not remember their password and it worked like a charm to fix the problem. This security hole allows access to more than just user accounts. You can also access the Registry and Policy Editor, for example. And its gui access with mouse control. Of course, a Product Key will be needed to continue with the Repair after making the changes, but for anyone intent on gaining access to your system, this would be no problem.

    And in case you are wondering, NO, you cannot cancel install after making the changes and expect to logon with your new password.

    Cancelling will just result in Setup resuming at bootup and your changes will be lost.

    Ok, now that your logon problem is fixed, you should make a point to prevent it from ever happening again by creating a Password Reset Disk. This is a floppy disk you can use in the event you ever forget your log on password. It allows you to set a new password.

    Here's how to create one if your computer is NOT on a domain:

    • Go to the Control Panel and open up User Accounts.
    • Choose your account (under Pick An Account to Change) and under Related Tasks, click "Prevent a forgotten password".
    • This will initiate a wizard.
    • Click Next and then insert a blank formatted floppy disk into your A: drive.
    • Click Next and enter your logon password in the password box.
    • Click Next to begin the creation of your Password disk.
    • Once completed, label and save the disk to a safe place

    How to Log on to your PC Using Your Password Reset Disk

    Start your computer and at the logon screen, click your user name and leave the password box blank or just type in anything. This will bring up a Logon Failure box and you will then see the option to use your Password Reset disk to create a new password. Click it which will initiate the Password Reset wizard. Insert your password reset disk into your floppy drive and follow the wizard which will let you choose a new password to use for your account.

    Note: If your computer is part of a domain, the procedure for creating a password disk is different.


    • Proposed as answer by Matt Filler Monday, November 15, 2010 9:11 AM
    • Marked as answer by Brent Serbus Friday, October 28, 2011 3:39 AM
    Sunday, September 30, 2007 6:25 AM

All replies

  • See here for step by step instructions: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;306214&

    Can't Log On to Windows XP?

    If that’s your only problem, then you probably have nothing to worry about. As long as you have your Windows XP CD, you can get back into your system using a simple but effective method made possible by a little known access hole in Windows XP.

    This method is easy enough for newbies to follow – it doesn’t require using the Recovery Console or any complicated commands. And it’s free - I mention that because you can pay two hundred dollars for an emergency download of Winternals ERD with Locksmith which is a utility for unlocking lost Windows passwords. See here http://www.winternals.com/products/repairandrecovery/locksmith.asp

    ERD is an excellent multi purpose product, but you should know it is not a necessary one if you have a healthy system and your sole problem is the inability to logon to Windows due to a forgotten password. Not necessary because you can easily change or wipe out your Administrator password for free during a Windows XP Repair. Here’s how with a step-by-step description of the initial Repair process included for newbie’s.

    1. Place your Windows XP CD in your cd-rom and start your computer (it’s assumed here that your XP CD is bootable – as it should be - and that you have your bios set to boot from CD)

    2. Keep your eye on the screen messages for booting to your cd Typically, it will be “Press any key to boot from cd”

    3. Once you get in, the first screen will indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading files.

    4. When you get to the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to Setup Windows now

    5. The Licensing Agreement comes next - Press F8 to accept it.

    6. The next screen is the Setup screen which gives you the option to do a Repair.

    It should read something like “If one of the following Windows XP installations is damaged, Setup can try to repair it”

    Use the up and down arrow keys to select your XP installation (if you only have one, it should already be selected) and press R to begin the Repair process.

    7. Let the Repair run. Setup will now check your disks and then start copying files which can take several minutes.

    8. Shortly after the Copying Files stage, you will be required to reboot. (this will happen automatically – you will see a progress bar stating “Your computer will reboot in 15 seconds”

    9. During the reboot, do not make the mistake of “pressing any key” to boot from the CD again! Setup will resume automatically with the standard billboard screens and you will notice Installing Windows is highlighted.

    10. Keep your eye on the lower left hand side of the screen and when you see the Installing Devices progress bar, press SHIFT + F10. This is the security hole! A command console will now open up giving you the potential for wide access to your system.

    11. At the prompt, type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. Voila! You have just gained graphical access to your User Accounts in the Control Panel.

    12. Now simply pick the account you need to change and remove or change your password as you prefer. If you want to log on without having to enter your new password, you can type control userpasswords2 at the prompt and choose to log on without being asked for password. After you’ve made your changes close the windows, exit the command box and continue on with the Repair (have your Product key handy).

    13. Once the Repair is done, you will be able to log on with your new password (or without a password if you chose not to use one or if you chose not to be asked for a password). Your programs and personalized settings should remain intact.

    I tested the above on Windows XP Pro with and without SP1 and also used this method in a real situation where someone could not remember their password and it worked like a charm to fix the problem. This security hole allows access to more than just user accounts. You can also access the Registry and Policy Editor, for example. And its gui access with mouse control. Of course, a Product Key will be needed to continue with the Repair after making the changes, but for anyone intent on gaining access to your system, this would be no problem.

    And in case you are wondering, NO, you cannot cancel install after making the changes and expect to logon with your new password.

    Cancelling will just result in Setup resuming at bootup and your changes will be lost.

    Ok, now that your logon problem is fixed, you should make a point to prevent it from ever happening again by creating a Password Reset Disk. This is a floppy disk you can use in the event you ever forget your log on password. It allows you to set a new password.

    Here's how to create one if your computer is NOT on a domain:

    • Go to the Control Panel and open up User Accounts.
    • Choose your account (under Pick An Account to Change) and under Related Tasks, click "Prevent a forgotten password".
    • This will initiate a wizard.
    • Click Next and then insert a blank formatted floppy disk into your A: drive.
    • Click Next and enter your logon password in the password box.
    • Click Next to begin the creation of your Password disk.
    • Once completed, label and save the disk to a safe place

    How to Log on to your PC Using Your Password Reset Disk

    Start your computer and at the logon screen, click your user name and leave the password box blank or just type in anything. This will bring up a Logon Failure box and you will then see the option to use your Password Reset disk to create a new password. Click it which will initiate the Password Reset wizard. Insert your password reset disk into your floppy drive and follow the wizard which will let you choose a new password to use for your account.

    Note: If your computer is part of a domain, the procedure for creating a password disk is different.


    • Proposed as answer by Matt Filler Monday, November 15, 2010 9:11 AM
    • Marked as answer by Brent Serbus Friday, October 28, 2011 3:39 AM
    Sunday, September 30, 2007 6:25 AM
  • use ERD commander it is much easier to use !!!

     

    Sunday, September 30, 2007 9:36 AM
  • is it possible to hack the admin's password???
    Sunday, September 30, 2007 10:30 AM
  • yes,it is possible to crack administrator password.if you want to know the full details of this then go to this link

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    Sunday, September 30, 2007 11:51 AM
  • hello imran bhai ... can u please tell me how to use ERD commander .... drop me email pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ....

    gurcharn13@hotmail.com

     

    thanx

    Monday, December 10, 2007 7:16 AM
  • Dear Anand, can you also follow the same procedure, if we have forgotten teh password of the system boot..!?

     

    I mean, if i kept a boot password such that the password must be entered to geton to system's boot, then, can i do the trick you have described above..???

     

    Monday, December 10, 2007 6:30 PM
  • u can get a whitepaper on that at SRS posted by me

     

    Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:07 AM

  • Better to reinstall OS ...............
    Thursday, December 13, 2007 7:12 AM

  • it is really works..guys...
    Monday, December 17, 2007 3:33 PM
  • If you don't wanna pass throught all these complicated and time consuming steps do this simple thing :-

    Download a superboot or ultimate boot cd and break password with it.

    You can find either of these in any magzines cds like chip or digit also.
    Monday, December 17, 2007 6:01 PM
  •  

    i have forgotten my adminastrator passowrd how do you reset the whole computers settings

     

    Please Write Back Tonite x        

     

     

    Monday, April 14, 2008 7:23 PM
  • Its being the easiest one.............

    Wednesday, April 30, 2008 5:43 PM
  • Check this link http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/

     

    Then download the live CD and set up your computer to boot from CD.

    Follow the instruction to crack your administrator.

    With in 5 minutes you will get your password.

     

    But use of this CD may be illegal.

    So use it at your risk.

     

    Mark as ans if u find it helpful..............

     

    Thursday, May 01, 2008 2:52 PM
  • Thursday, July 10, 2008 11:58 PM
  • Many times we face this problem when we or our friends forget Windows password and can't log into computer, so here I am posting a utilities which can be used to reset Windows password: Windows password reset 7.0. It is a program that works instantly to remove any lost or forgotten password. Simply boot your PC from the supplied Boot CD , and get access to forgotten Windows and administrator passwords just in seconds. This method is so much faster/easier, and works great! You can download it and have a try.

     

    it can crack windows xp administrator password in one second.


    Find a great blog. all free windows 7 password recovery methods!
    Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:33 PM
    • One free solution is to link your hard drive to another computer. You can change your password by booting from another computer. However this method might cause damage to your system if you did it wrong.  A safe solutionis to boot from a bootable CD and then edit the registry windows\\system32\\config for password.  I would recommend you to try it. They promise no-hassle refund if you can not get your work done.Check this out:"www.password-genius.com/how-to/how-to-recover-my-windows-login-password.html"
    Friday, February 05, 2010 2:50 AM
  • Please try to reinstall your windows
    Monday, May 10, 2010 11:39 AM
  •  I need to recover my registry from a defective microsoft update that caused it to fail to load the registry on reboot. 

    I have the password for my "Administrator" account on the sign on page, but when I try to bring up the recovery console per KB307545, it asks me for an Administrator password, and the one that works for the Administrator account (in safe mode) doesn't work there.  I tried changing the password, deleting it, putting it back as all upper case, and as all lower case, no dice.  I've tried the passwords I was most likely to use when I got this computer, but nothing is working (I seem to recall having difficulty recalling the initial password that I used when I set it up, but it was a long time ago and that may not have been this computer).

    Does anyone know a way to get this password back in sync with the administrator account, that will work in Safe mode? Or to get the recovery console up without entering this password?  I don't want to reload because I have a lot of programs on the computer that I may have difficulty recreating. I tried system restore, but then I re-applied the updates (how I know that was the problem) and now it says there are no system restore points available to recover.

    • Edited by Matt Filler Saturday, November 13, 2010 9:09 PM system restore
    Saturday, November 13, 2010 8:56 PM
  • Never mind, I have found what looks like the answer: kb308402 explains how to deal with this problem.
    -- Matt
    • Proposed as answer by Matt Filler Monday, November 15, 2010 9:14 AM
    Monday, November 15, 2010 9:14 AM