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Windows 2000, locked out!

by stilcrazy / December 17, 2011 6:45 PM PST

I have a used Dell desktop 322S431 Windows 2000 Professional that I was going to use for the grandkids games. I was trying to change the password to no password/administrator and I made an error that has me locked out. I get administrator as user and the request for a pasword that does not exist. I do not have the original OS discs to re-install and I don't think I can format the hard drive without the OS discs. I have used mailto:F@,F8 and F12 to no avail. Any ideas to save this computer?

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NTPASSWD can fix this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 19, 2011 1:57 AM PST

It's free, found with Google and about a 5 minute job.


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by stilcrazy / December 19, 2011 10:46 AM PST
In reply to: NTPASSWD can fix this.

Thanks so much for the reply. I tried ophcrack and that failed and I tried NTPASSWD and that fixed it! A little hard for me to use but I finally understood it!

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As far as hard to use things.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 19, 2011 11:01 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks!

I guess folk are getting rusty at the non-GUI apps.

Good to read the job got done.

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