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    Lost Password (XP Pro)

    I'm asking this on behalf of a friend who is on a Novelle network. Somehow? a colleague of his needed to log on to his computer in his absence, and somehow? changed his password... then dutifully forgot it. Now he can't log on as himself. Is there an easy way for him to circumvent the login, like deleting a .PWL file or something? If not, he will have to wait until next week when the network people come out for a maintenance call, because their "remote" method of fixing it is also SNAFU.

    Sorry, that's all the details I have. Any help appreciated.

    Alan

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    Re: Lost Password (XP Pro)

    He will probably have to wait until an administrator can log on and reset the password.
    How to log on to Windows XP if you forget your password or your password expires

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    Re: Lost Password (XP Pro)

    Thanks Tony. I've passed on your reference - hope it helps.

    cheers

    Alan

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    Re: Lost Password (XP Pro)

    Thanks Doc. I've passed that on. I guess it all depends if he can log on as admin. Much appreciated.

    Alan

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    Re: Lost Password (XP Pro)

    Alan, I found the following here

    You can change a Windows User Account password that is on any Windows computer from any other Windows computer regardless of whether the User Account is on a workstation, a stand-alone server, or a Windows domain controller. Additionally, it makes no difference whether the password being changed from a workstation, a stand-alone server, or a Windows domain controller. This is true for any NT 4.0, W2K, XP Pro and Windows Server 2003 computer.
    To change a user's password at the command prompt, log on as an administrator and type:
    net user danielp * /domain
    (This is only an example, use your own username)
    When you are prompted to type a password for the user, type the new password, not the existing password. After you type the new password, the system prompts you to retype the password to confirm. The password is now changed.
    Alternatively, you can type the following command:
    net user danielp 123456 /domain
    When you do so, the password changes without prompting you again. This command also enables you to change passwords in a batch file.
    Note: If you type these commands on a member server or workstation and you don't add the /domain switch, the command will be performed on the local SAM and NOT on the DC SAM.
    For example, to change the administrator's password type:
    net user administrator 123456
    Note: Non-administrators receive a "System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied" error message when they attempt to change the password.

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    I didn't look thoroughly enough. here's a tool that will do the job for you. Also answers your question about where the file to change is located.
    "This is a utility to (re)set the password of any user that has a valid (local) account on your NT system, by modifying the crypted password in the registrys SAM file. You do not need to know the old password to set a new one.
    NT stores it's user information including crypted versions of the passwords in a file called 'sam', usually found in winntsystem32config. This file is a part of the registry, in a binary format previously undocumented, and not easily accessible."
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    Re: Lost Password (XP Pro)

    Hi Alan,

    I'll just add that if it is the Netware password you will need admin access to change it. Having managed Netware boxes since ver 2.?? I may be able to offer some suggestions if he is really, really stuck. I'll need to know what version his company is running to start.

    Just occurred to me, is he absolutely sure no-one in the office has admin rights, hopefully as second user.
    Granville

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    Re: Lost Password (XP Pro)

    Thanks Granville. Apparently nobody there has admin rights, but somebody from the Computer Service Department is coming today, so all should be well.

    Alan

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