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ned8888
14-10-2002, 06:06 PM
Today I was unable to get access to my own profile and the administrator profile. The message was 'wrong password', which is a puzzle as I have accessed this profile everyday for 18 months with same password. No, the caplock key was not on. I can access another profile that has no password. System is Win 2000 with all service packs and patches installed. I have looked for password files to delete, like you could in win 98, but couldn't find any. Is there a way to solve my problem or do I have to rebuild?

Graham L
14-10-2002, 06:13 PM
I think you had an option to create a "Password recovery Floppy" while the password worked. :D:_|. W2k has a bit more emphasis on security than previous Windowses. There might be a way around it ... try a google search ... "lost password W2k" (or "W2000") might find a few. It's a common problem, and I don't think any microsoft security would be unbeatable ... but W2k is better than the zero level of W9x.

Chilling_Silence
14-10-2002, 06:14 PM
Dependingon what access the other accounts have, Right click on My Computer
Select Manage
Go to Local Users and Groups
\Users
Right-click on the Administrator and go:
Change Password

Cheers

Chilling_Silence

Babe Ruth
14-10-2002, 06:52 PM
If you do not have a user profile with administrative rights or an ERD from earlier (that you know the admin pwd of) then try this site for information WinPwd_Info (http://is-it-true.org/nt/atips/atips262.shtml)

Babe.

ned8888
17-10-2002, 01:34 PM
Hi Graham, can't ever recall seeing anything about a password recovery Floppy. Did use Google for a search. Found some good info. Eventually deleted a file .SAM in WNNT and have ended with a computer that I can't password any profile. Not such a big deal for me though as my computer is at home and, apart from some use by my grandchildren when they visit, I am the soul user.

ned8888
17-10-2002, 01:37 PM
Sorry Chilling, other accounts have no access to enable a password change. Thanks anyway

ned8888
17-10-2002, 01:54 PM
Thanks Babe, an interesting site. I d'ld a zip of a special boot floppy that was going to fix my problem, but when unzipped it wouldn't fit a floppy!! But I did learn a lot. Tried the Linux Floppy one too, but it just booted to a linux partition and I'm just not skilled enough in Linux for that to be any good to me. So in the end I moved a file, (Imhosts.sam) in C:\WINNT\system32\drivers\etc to a floppy. That gave me access to all profiles but I was unable to set passwords on any profile. I restored the Imhosts file but was still unable to put passwords on. But not much of a problem in my case as I am at home and the main user, my grandchildren being sometime users.

robo
17-10-2002, 02:02 PM
That's the kicker. Thats why I always copy admin user to another user as part of SOP on install. Bit late now for you but lesson for everyone else out there in Win2k and XP land.
robo.

Graham L
17-10-2002, 05:33 PM
The method shown at http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm might work. Have a look at this tips page (http://is-it-true.org/nt/nt2000/atips/index.shtml) too.

~42~
17-10-2002, 05:47 PM
Say what Robo?
Run that past me again please. I think I understood what you are sying..
do you assign administrator rights to another user? Can you please elaborate?

rgds ~42~

robo
18-10-2002, 08:24 AM
Yes, always simply copy administrator as admin, give it another password, and never use it. Just in case other password is forgotten or something goes wrong.
Better still, make my own userid a member of administrators group.
robo.

Graham L
19-10-2002, 03:32 PM
Here's another link which might help (commercial programme) ERD Commander 2002 (http://www.winternals.com/products/repairandrecovery/erdcommander2002.asp)

~42~
19-10-2002, 05:13 PM
Ahhhsoo; thankyou;
I was unessecarily making it complicated in my mind.
rgds ~42~

Chilling_Silence
19-10-2002, 05:42 PM
I'm with Robo, Why have an administrator account, and a user account that you use, and only give yourself user access?

nz_liam
19-10-2002, 10:03 PM
I have a password change boot disk for win 2k around here somewhere, just boot the floppy, type in your username, then type the new password and it changes it for you (easy as 123), let me know if you want it.


Cheers
Liam
http://www.chatf1.net.nz

Billy T
19-10-2002, 10:04 PM
Sometime over the last 3-4 months there was a similar post for a lost/failed W2K password.

If I recall correctly, the answer was a little more complex than those suggested here and involved information from a third-party site.

Sorry that I can't recall more but try a search on F1 and hopefully the previous post will come up.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

nz_liam
19-10-2002, 10:07 PM
Found the disk password boot disk, if you want it just send me your email/postal address and ill send it right over.

Cheers
Liam
liam@farr.net.nz
http://www.chatf1.net.nz