[SATLUG] Resetting Passwords
kc3 at colorado.usa.com
Sun Jul 5 07:53:08 CDT 2009
Really the only thing you should need to do is go into the hard drive
with a Linux boot disk that has NTFS compatibility. Delete the
c:\windows\system32\config\sam and also c:\windows\repair\sam is an
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alan Lesmerises"
To: "The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List"
Subject: Re: [SATLUG] Resetting Passwords
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 2009 23:36:33 -0500
art.hall at sbcglobal.net wrote:
> Yesterday, Al Lesmerises told me he remembered seeing a SATLUG
> thread about resetting passwords. I just had a dozen Dell PCs
> donated for refugee families, but they're all password-protected
> Windows XP machines. I know I could wipe them clean and load
> Ubuntu 9.04, but many of the prospective users learned on and
> would really prefer using the dreaded Windows OS. Can someone
> please steer me to a reliable method for removing or at least
> resetting Windows XP passwords? Thanks.
> Art Hall
Actually, it wasn't a SATLUG thread that I thought I remembered
something about password recovery, but it seems to be Linux-related
A co-worker had to recover some files on a crashed hard-drive, and
he had bought a copy of a software package called "SPOTMAU Power
Suite". It has a number of Windows-related tools including
password recovery for Win2K, XP, & Vista. It appears to be running
under a live version of Linux (based on what I can see during
boot-up), although I don't know which one -- it won't let me switch
to the CLI.
I'm not sure how much it cost, but they have a web site
(www.spotmau.com) where you can find it, and it does appear to work
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