How to Recover Password
In a case, you forget the administrator password and
you don't have another user who has administrator rights, you may have an
option to recover the password.
- Create a Bootdisk
- Bootdisk image and
rawwrite2.zip - DOS Program to a folder, for example c:\temp.
- Copy bd030225.bin and rawwrite.exe to
- Insert a floppy disk in A drive
At c:\temp>, type
"rawrite2 -f bd030225.bin -d A:
(without quotation) to create a floppy disk.
Boot from the Bootdisk.
- Press Enter when showing return/enter to
accept default prompts in
- Answer 'y' to probe all available drivers in the "scsi" dir on the
floppy if you have SCSI disks.
- Or answer 'n' to skip searching for SCSI cards if you only have
- At the prompt to select a partition, the first
bootable NTFS/FAT partition will be the default selection with * mark, for
example /dev/hda1 *. Select it in most cases. You may however select
another partition (also a FAT partition) by giving its full name (like
/dev/hda1 , or /dev/sda1). SCSI: sdDP -> D=disk a b c
d etc, P=parition number 1 2 3 4 etc. IDE: hdDP -> D=a
or b (primary IDE), c or d (secondary IDE), P=partition number.
If you have multi-bootable, select where is your OS located. For example,
if you have win98 and XP on the same computer with two hard disks. You may
select /dev/hdb1 if win98 is using the first hard disk (/dev/hda1).
- After mounting the partition, select the full path.
If it is w2k and NT or XP upgraded from w2k/NT, type the path as winnt/system32/config.
For clean installed XP, it is windows/system32/config (this is default so
just press Enter to continue).
- Then select files to copy to temp area in ramdisk.
For password editing the default is 'sam'. Press Enter to continue.
- On the main menu, select 1 Edit passwords to change
- When editing the password, All usernames in the file will be listed.
You will then be prompted for the user which you want to change the
password of. (default selection is administrator). You may instead enter
the users RID (user ID).
- If the account bits or lockout counts indicates a lock or disable, you
will be offered opportunity to unlock it.
- Entering a single * as the password will blank the password for that
user. This is reported to work better than setting a new one! You may,
enter the new password, max 14 chars (it will show on the screen). Or
enter nothing to keep unchanged.
- Then confirm the change. (actual write to disk comes when you exit the
- If the 'chntpw' utility succeeds, you will be prompted to confirm the
writeback to the NT disk/filesystem. Only 'y' is accepted for it to commit
the changes. (the commit is in 2 steps. First in the editor program, then
in the bootfloppy scripts. Your harddisk will only be changed if the last
one is confirmed)
- To quit, type ! and press Enter. Then type q for quit. Type y to Hives
that have changed and y again to confirm write hive files.
- After everything is complete, you will get the "# " shell prompt. You
may then reset the computer by press CTRL+ALT+DEL..
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