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.
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.