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default admin password recovery

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by cassandra, Jan 26, 2004.

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  1. cassandra

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    i have a friend using win2000 pro who can't access the default admin account, and there are no other admin accounts on the comp.
    another friend she was told the following to delete the default password, i'm just checking this info is accurate, thanks.

    "Did you keep your root partition/drive as a FAT32/16 area? If you did the solution is easy. Get any Windows9x boot disk and boot up to it, then CD to X:\WINNT\system32\config and delete SAM (no extension), SAM.SAV, and SAM.LOG. The SAM without an extension is actually an exe file. Those three files control the usernames and passwords. Delete them, reboot, and there will be NO admin password to worry about. Recreate users as before and this time keep the admin password"
     
  2. wdjones22

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    Try just pressing Enter when prompted for the password. If no password has been set you will (or should) be set to go.
     
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