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Need admin password or make user administrator without restart

dlite922
1,584 Expert 1GB
Hey guys,

I have a PC that is loaded with a program that restores the Windows XP image (Linux based, don't know the name) which restores the the OS from an image with each reboot, similar to those seen in college labs etc.

So all attempts to use BART or my other bootable-CD password reset utilities are useless. I have only access to a limited account (can't install programs) but I have command prompt and storage to folders owned by this user.

Without reformatting, is it possible to make this limited user admin to reset the real administrator password or crack the administrator password. (Person has given up on remembering the administrator password)

Any pointers are greatly appreciated. I'd rather not reformat. Don't know how to reload that Linux re-imaging software back on.

Thanks,



Dan

PS: I'm not trying to hack, my intentions are not evil at all.
Nov 18 '08 #1
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Nepomuk
3,112 Expert 2GB
Hi Dan!
Recovering a Windows password is a difficult request for this forum - not because the answer were difficult, but because it could be used in a malicious way, even if YOU don't intend to do so. So I'll just tell you, that Google provides solutions to your problem when using relatively obvious search terms.

Greetings,
Nepomuk
Nov 18 '08 #2
AmberJain
884 Expert 512MB
Hello,

Without reformatting, is it possible to make this limited user admin to reset the real administrator password or crack the administrator password. (Person has given up on remembering the administrator password)
Yeah.....it is possible. But then as nepomuk said, answering this question is against posting guidelines. And so, simply search google for more help.

AmbrNewlearner
Nov 18 '08 #3
dlite922
1,584 Expert 1GB
Thanks guys, Wasn't sure it was.

I always Google, and this time i found it difficult to weave through all the reset password schemes that required a restart.

I should have known things like these shouldn't be out in the open, but you can however give me a link or PM me to point me in a direction.

Any specific Google keywords that may lead me to a result you guys have seen? (besides obvious keywords like "Reset Administrator Password Without Restart" )

Such as the name of a specific registry key if registery alteration is part of the procedure? etc...


Thanks,



Dan
Nov 19 '08 #4
Studlyami
464 Expert 256MB
couldn't you enter bios and force to computer to boot to a CD rom, so you can use your password reset cd's? Why are you unable to use those cds?
Nov 25 '08 #5
Nepomuk
3,112 Expert 2GB
The Problem then would be, that with every restart of the system, the password would be reset. So even if he changes it successfully, it would be back to where it was, when he restarts to get into Windows.

As far as I know, the problem has been solved now, but to make sure we keep everything here legal, I'd ask nobody to post any solution here.

Greetings,
Nepomuk (Moderator)
Nov 25 '08 #6
AmberJain
884 Expert 512MB
Hello,
@Nepomuk
@nepomuk : I am not posting any solution here. Instead I would like to ask why you are saying that the password will get reset once the OP logs into windows?
Also, if you feel like violating the posting guidelines then we may communicate via PM.

Thanks....
AmbrNewlearner
Nov 25 '08 #7
Nepomuk
3,112 Expert 2GB
Have a close look at the OP: @dlite922
That's why. (Well, actually it's reset BEFORE Windows is started, but that doesn't really matter here.)

And no, I don't think it's against the posting guidelines to point this out again. :-D

Greetings,
Nepomuk
Nov 25 '08 #8
AmberJain
884 Expert 512MB
@Nepomuk
Oh OK...I almost forgot about it. That explains your last reply and you can now forget my last reply :)

Thanks.....
AmbrNewlearner
Nov 25 '08 #9
Studlyami
464 Expert 256MB
I missed that as well :(
Nov 25 '08 #10
I just found something about windows password reset methods.
It also support windows 7 password reset.
Those all are free and very helpful!
Dec 23 '09 #11

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