There are various tools available that boot an alternate OS from floppy (DOS
or Linux) and use some non-microsoft driver to allow write access to the
NTFS partition. These may work just fine, but for my tastes, I'd prefer not
to have anything other than NT twiddling bits on my NTFS partitions.

When I've done this in the past, the machines had no local user information
so I just do this:
Install NT to alternate directory (WINNT1)
Boot to alternate NT install
Delete c:\winnt\system32\config\sam
Boot to original install as administrator and no password
Delete C:\winnt1
Clean up boot.ini

WARNING! This does, of course, delete all the local user accounts and
associated security, so it may not be applicable to what you want to do.

Another option is to use l0pht crack to try a brute force attack on the SAM.
I've never tried it, but I hear that it usually takes only a couple of hours
to crack most NT system's administrator account.

-----Original Message-----
From: Joyce, Louis [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2002 6:34 AM
To: Exchange Discussions
Subject: RE: admin pasword



There are some sites out there that have tools and information that will get
past NT admin passwords. Its just knowing where to search.

Regards

Mr Louis Joyce
Computer Support Analyst
Network Administrator
BT Ignite eSolutions




-----Original Message-----
From: Kim Schotanus [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
Sent: 09 January 2002 11:49
To: Exchange Discussions
Subject: admin pasword


Hi 

I lost an admin password for NT4 on a laptop, is there a way to get in?
It is not configured for the network so that is not a solution.

Kim

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