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RE: locked out of XP, need file access
From: Jacob McMaster <jmcmaster () appliedsystems com>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 15:27:28 -0600


-----Original Message-----
From: Melvin Foong [mailto:melvin.foong () codebeat net]
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2003 4:05 AM
To: J. Yoon
Cc: techies () codebeat net; security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: locked out of XP, need file access 


I have tired this utility that actually resets the password for my 
notebook's Windows XP. Its based on a Linux kernel that basically *resets* 
the password to anything you want. Its recommended that you leave the 
password blank when you are resetting it, and because this boot disk does 
modify your registry, I do recommend that you do that.

However, 1 of the problem that will cause by this boot disk is that, you 
may render your encrypted files useless.

I do not remember where did I get the original copy of the boot disk, but 
the filename is called bd30426.zip, which extracts to bd030426.bin. You 
will need rawrite utility to write the file to a diskette, which you can 
get from any Linux/FreeBSD download mirror.

Hope this helps.

At 11:45 PM 12/24/2003, you 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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