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Administrator Password lost, missing, reset

by Nightline / March 24, 2004 4:17 AM PST

I've been working with this for several weeks now. I messed up my Administrator password and would like to recover from that. I have 3 users, Administrator, with no usable password, Guest, with minimal privileges and myself, with Power user privileges.

I have 4 partitions, W98 for older games and programs I still use, W2K main for general surfing, e-mail, word processing, games and such, W2K Finance for online banking, bill paying etc. and another W2K set up to assist in recovery from this problem. I have full access to all but the W2K Finance partition.

I've tried Offline NT Password & Recovery Editor CD to no avail. I'm running FAT32 file system not an NTFS system. Everything I find works only in NTFS. There is one exception to that "The LOGON.SCR Trick". It won't work because I get a "System Error 5 encountered" message and "Access Denied".

Is there a solution for a W2K FAT32 system?
I expect there is no way to convert it to an NTFS system without being the Administrator, correct?
Is there a compatibility issue between FAT32 and NTFS? I think my decision to stay FAT32 was based on some info to that effect, I also handle files on my PC that I use on a work laptop which I do not own and other work PCs that are mainly FAT32.

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Re:Administrator Password lost, missing, reset
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2004 4:26 AM PST

There are choices to make here.

1. http://www.lostpassword.com has a working system. But you pay.

2. For me, the NTFS is a non-issue. With the Recovery Console plus today's stellar KNOPPIX, access to NTFS is a non-issue for me. I'm unsure what issue you are alluding to as to NTFS/FAT32 and files on a work laptop.

A file is a file. You move it via network, CDRW or what have you and that's that. Examples abound around us as you read web pages which are files stored in a non-FAT32 drive.

3. If you don't want to pay for the password, then the option is to backup and start over.

Bob

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It's been 5 years so my advice needs updating.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 17, 2009 10:19 PM PST
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How to reset password
by TaraS_WinTeam / December 11, 2009 8:40 AM PST
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