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Re: locked out of XP, need file access
From: Jason Mitchell <jm () hcn com au>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 17:18:01 +1100

Hi there.

As ashamed as I am to say this, i've locked myself out of XP once upon a time.
I found a linux boot disk that allows you to reset or blank out any password.
It seemed to work well (It let me back into the box:). I found that blanking the admin
password was simple and effective.

The boot disk can be grabbed from:


One thing to remember is that if files owned by administrator have been
encrypted, resetting the admin password will make them useless (atleast that's
my understanding, correct me if I'm wrong).

Hope this helps you out.



At 02:45 AM 25/12/2003, 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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