Windows Legacy OS forum


Windows 2000, locked out!

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?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Windows 2000, locked out!
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Windows 2000, locked out!
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
NTPASSWD can fix this.

In reply to: Windows 2000, locked out!

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


Collapse -

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!

Collapse -
As far as hard to use things.

In reply to: Thanks!

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

Good to read the job got done.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Enter to win* a free holiday tech gift!

CNET's giving five lucky winners the gift of their choice valued up to $250!