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Re: locked out of XP, need file access
From: opticfiber <opticfiber () topsight net>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2003 17:04:27 -0500

Download and burn yourself a copy of knoppix linux (linux live on cd), boot into knoppix and your ntfs partitions should auto mount giving you full file access with very little effort. One thing you may want to do to remove those passwords is reinstall windows on top of itself without formating. This will clear any passwords that are set but leaves files intact. Knoppix is avalable at http://www.knoppix.org/.


J. Yoon wrote:

I'm locked out of my own Windows XP box.
Being a paranoid,
I have not provided myself with any password hints
even for the administrator mode.

I do remember about 2 characters from it though
but there's just too many combinations.

There are personal files in there that I need to access.

I remember that with the old Win98,
it was possible to do something with the .pwd file
(not that we needed it,
since all the files are accessible anyway)
but I'm sure things have changed significantly since.

I did infact try using a XP password recovery tool kit
and global-resetter thing I got from the net...
but the software asks me to enter root password
and then tells me to get lost.
It's strange and ironic,
because the passwd is precisely what I'm trying to figure out.

I don't wanna read a 1,000 page book just yet
cuz I need access to my files asap.

What would be some of the necessary simple steps to take at this time?
Thanks in advance...

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