can't log on - forgot password (oops)

sdavmor sdavmor at
Sat Aug 18 21:31:41 UTC 2007

NoOp wrote:


> :-) Yesterday I was given a machine that the local high school was
> throwing in the trash; pretty nice machine (by my standards) -
> 1.6Ghz/512Mb/30Gb+8Gb. (My standard working desktop is
> 450Mhz/324Mb/30Gb+15Gb) It has WindowsXPPro installed on it ++, so I
> figured that I'd like to keep the MS install as a backup for
> troubleshooting windoze & OpenOffice problems. The only problem was that
> it didn't come with a password.
> So, I booted into Knoppix, set a root password, downloaded chntpw from
> the Deb repository (which ntpasswd/bootdisk.html uses), cd'd to
> hda1/WINDOWS/System32/config and ran 'sudo chntpw -u SAM' & set the
> password to a blank (*=blank). Worked like a champ!


Very nice job, NoOp!  A plan of action we all should be aware of who 
have to deal with customers and windoze O/S.
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