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RE: locked out of XP, need file access
From: "Nick Duda" <nduda () VistaPrint com>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 06:58:12 -0500

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-----Original Message-----
From: J. Yoon [mailto:supercool9000 () hotmail com] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2003 10:46 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: locked out of XP, need file access 

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
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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