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    nadeaul
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    Administrator Password

    I have a user that got laid off but before he did, he changed his admin password on the machine. I have a manager that now needs files off of the machine. I tried recovery console but it asks for the admin password. Does anyone know of a way around the security in Win2k? I am pulling my hair out here.
    Thanks!
    Lisa

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    Re: Administrator Password

    To my knowledge there is NO way into a Win2K machine if it has NTFS file system and the user does not know what the admin password is and or does not have a admin account to that machine. This why NT, 2K and XP are called secured OS's.

    If it is Fat32 one can boot to a bootable floppy and copy the files off.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Administrator Password

    There is a utility which will recover passwords. It is derived from the hacker tool L0phtcrack and is called LC3. It is not cheap, but there is a trial download which has some of the functionality disabled. It might be worth a try.
    http://www.atstake.com/research/lc3/download.html

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    Re: Administrator Password

    The demo tool falls short of cracking the code. What the real tool does is create a set of 4 W2k setup disks, and lets you run these up to the point of setting a new administrator pw. For about $US95, it might be worth it! I have lost the site url, but I believe it was published in one of Woody's e-zines, maybe WWW, a few months back.

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    Re: Administrator Password

    Is this computer part of a domain? Try using a domain administrator's account if so.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    nadeaul
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    Re: Administrator Password

    Hi,
    Thanks for your reply. We tried to logon to a domain account with no success. I am going to get authorization to buy the software that was previously advised.
    Thanks for everyone's help on this! I will let you know how it works out.
    Lisa

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