[SATLUG] Resetting Passwords

Kenneth Cluck 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
occasional possibility.

  ----- 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
  quite well.

  Al Lesmerises

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