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Password

by southmackay / November 24, 2006 1:11 PM PST

Is it possible to retrieve the password I started XP with ? I am a VB programmer, so have some skills I can use to look, if I know where to look.

Thanks

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Doubtful
by drat_ninny / November 24, 2006 1:31 PM PST
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Unlike previous versions of Windows, XP should store passwords in hash form. Meaning that the actual password isn't saved, just it's computed hash value. If you had the hash, and knew how it was calculated, you should be able to get the password from that, but...

Even Microsoft isn't so careless about security that they would store the password in plain text in the registry or a similar place.

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In short, not needed, ever.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2006 1:42 PM PST
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Had this problem
by jonny2000 / November 24, 2006 8:42 PM PST

this week with my friends xp. Her son had changed the logon password then forgot it. I purchased a repair disk some time ago for my pc & one of the features was password recovery or change. I changed her pc to boot from the cd which took me into the cd's own os then simply changed all the passwords,admin,guest etc because i wasnt sure which one he'd used (i wasnt sure this was gonna work either) then shut down,changed the boot sequence back,typed in the password i had chosen & it worked!

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how to
by Amos16 / November 25, 2006 2:28 AM PST
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