Ever get a machine from a customer to fix it, and you turn it on, only to find yourself stuck on the login screen with nowhere to go? I have, many times, and I’ve had to either call the customer to get the password, or use KNOPPIX to extractthe data. If you’re a consultant, you know how frustrating that is. of course, ideally, you would have the customer change the password in the first place before giving you their busted machine, but remembering to ask for that doesn’t seem to always be the case.
Well, I looked around online to try to find some tools to be able to reset the Windows Administrator password, and I found some products that are mostly payware that allow you to reset passwords. so then I went and looked some more. (yup, gotta love Google). and I found this article at http://petri.co.il. It has some links to to some free tools that allow you to create a bootable floppy that will allow the changing of passwords for the local admin accounts. some of them even allow for the editing of the registery as well. I haven’t tried any of them yet. I will report back when I do. but I have a feeling that at least one of them will work pretty well, and will someday proove useful.
If anyone has used any of these tools on this sites, please let us know what works and what doesn’t.