Windows XP(pro) administrator password

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by ixixi, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. ixixi

    ixixi MDL Novice

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    someone help me?!!!
    i forgot my windows xp administrator password!!!tons of work waiting for me to deal with. help!!!
     
  2. domatlapuk

    domatlapuk MDL Expert

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    it should be admin or administrator. unless you changed it.
     
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  3. domatlapuk

    domatlapuk MDL Expert

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    or try this

    As long as you have your Windows XP CD, you can get back into your system using a simple but effective method made possible by a little known access hole in Windows XP.

    1. Place your Windows XP CD in your cd-rom and start your computer (it’s assumed here that your XP CD is bootable – as it should be - and that you have your bios set to boot from CD)

    2. Keep your eye on the screen messages for booting to your cd Typically, it will be “Press any key to boot from cd”

    3. Once you get in, the first screen will indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading files.

    4. When you get to the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to Setup Windows now

    5. The Licensing Agreement comes next - Press F8 to accept it.

    6. The next screen is the Setup screen which gives you the option to do a Repair.

    It should read something like “If one of the following Windows XP installations is damaged, Setup can try to repair it”

    Use the up and down arrow keys to select your XP installation (if you only have one, it should already be selected) and press R to begin the Repair process.

    7. Let the Repair run. Setup will now check your disks and then start copying files which can take several minutes.

    8. Shortly after the Copying Files stage, you will be required to reboot. (this will happen automatically – you will see a progress bar stating “Your computer will reboot in 15 seconds”

    9. During the reboot, do not make the mistake of “pressing any key” to boot from the CD again! Setup will resume automatically with the standard billboard screens and you will notice Installing Windows is highlighted.

    10. Keep your eye on the lower left hand side of the screen and when you see the Installing Devices progress bar, press SHIFT + F10. This is the security hole! A command console will now open up giving you the potential for wide access to your system.

    11. At the prompt, type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. Voila! You have just gained graphical access to your User Accounts in the Control Panel.

    12. Now simply pick the account you need to change and remove or change your password as you prefer. If you want to log on without having to enter your new password, you can type control userpasswords2 at the prompt and choose to log on without being asked for password. After you’ve made your changes close the windows, exit the command box and continue on with the Repair (have your Product key handy).

    13. Once the Repair is done, you will be able to log on with your new password (or without a password if you chose not to use one or if you chose not to be asked for a password). Your programs and personalized settings should remain intact.
     
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  4. Whiznot

    Whiznot MDL Member

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    You can download the free Ophcrack Live CD for windows XP to easily crack Windows passwords. Ophcrack uses rainbow tables and will crack all alpha numeric passwords of fifteen symbols or less very quickly. I have used Ophcrack with great success.
     
  5. Deb_Rider

    Deb_Rider MDL Senior Member

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  6. stayboogy

    stayboogy MDL Addicted

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    #7 stayboogy, Aug 29, 2011
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    the standard out-of-the-box XP Pro administrator (actual account named "administrator") password is *

    that is the standard password if you did not change it or enter your own. which if your machine came with XP installed you did not make a administrator password and it should have the default

    otherwise use orphcrack, it will do the job.

    the security hole technique may not work if your XP cd is sp2 but your actual installed system is sp3, or if you do not have an install cd because you have an XP oem machine in which case you only have recovery discs which are not the same as an install cd most of the time...
     
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  7. 2percent

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    #8 2percent, Aug 29, 2011
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  8. evlad

    evlad MDL Member

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    #9 evlad, Aug 29, 2011
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