Reset Administrator Password

If you lost your Windows Administrator password dont panic here are some resources that will help you regain control.:)

Free stuff

image files (1.4MB – Bootdisk image, date 011022) (~700KB) – SCSI-drivers (011022)
This is a utility to (re)set the password of any user that has a valid (local) account on your NT system, by modifying the crypted password in the registrys SAM file.
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Change administrator password on NT/2000, without knowing it!!! Bootdisk…
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Run it to create a boot floppy then follow the instructions. If you choose to do this then you are doing this at your own risk. Just change the admin pw and login then change the account pw’s that you desire.

Make sure you have a floppy disk in the floppy drive and let the program create the boot floppy. Now restart the machine a let it boot from the floppy. Now follow what it instructs you to do.

Use it like a bootdisk.

NTAccess can replace the administrator password of a Windows XP, Windows NT or Windows 2000 system by rebooting the computer with a special set of boot disks or CD-ROM (XP only). This is useful if you forgot the administrator password and cannot access the Windows XP/2000/NT system.

LC3 – The Password Auditing and Recovery Application

LC3 is the latest version of the award-winning password auditing and recovery application, L0phtCrack. It provides two critical capabilities to Windows® network administrators:
Free 15 day trial

L0phtCrack, The integrated password cracker for NT

Windows XP / 2000 / NT Key is a program to reset Windows XP / 2000 / NT security if Administrator password, secure boot password or key disk is lost.

Or you could, if you have a FAT32 file system, just boot to a Win98 bootdisk and rename the SAM file (registry Hive) in the C:\WINNT\system32\config folder to something else. Of course this will remove all accounts on the system and you will need to rebuild them. If you are using NTFS then boot to the Win2000 CD and do this from the Recovery console.

For XP
Windows XP Tip: Password Recovery Disk
Take preventive measures against losing user-level passwords,24330,3356093,00.html

If you have anything to contribute please do add in the comments section.

90 thoughts on “Reset Administrator Password

  1. Sir;

    I used your excellent SW (Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, Bootdisk / CD) to reset the Admin account on my home PC. It worked very well indeed; after booting from the CD, I was in, did the edits and back in business in about 10 minutes. The only slight problem I had was determining how to access the quit option, I didn’t realize at first that the ! was the input required.

    Best Regards,
    Richard (Dick) Kent
    White Rock, BC

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  4. plz people help me get acess to an administrator acc from a limited acc
    i dont have net, cd or floppy drive
    dos is blocked
    registry is blocked
    right clicked is locked

    no software help plz
    and tell me how to unblock these stuff too

  5. Hello, this is offline password program/livecd is essential to any sysadmins library. I fancy myself pretty advanced, but all I could find was ophcrack which never did what it was supposed to do.

    This worked INSTANTLY, as soon as I figured out I had to unlock the account.

    Set blank password, unlocked account and I was in. My girlfriend is extatic, she had been locked out for a week!

    Many thanks! Highly recommended!

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  7. My question is how to reset an administrator using only a floppy disk and nothing else I tried the winkey but u require some other tool to boot…..
    I repeate, I want a program that boot’s from a floppy and resets the administrator password….
    That’s it nothing MORE Complicated than that

  8. i have a apple powerbookg4 i forgot my password and the cd is broken is there any other way to get in ? thank you for ur help bye

  9. Please help Me!

    I am on a office network. The stupid newly transferred administrator has for no reason taken all rights from us. We cant even format our USB drives. Cant copy or move documents or files. CMOS/BIOS is also locked, get get into it or otherwise I would have booted through Winternals. Cant reset CMOS because the system is sealed and I try to open it the warranty would go void.

    So can any one help me. Is it possible to retrieve the Administrative password or create a new account or what else can i do. I used the above softwares but they all requires administrative rights or boot from CD which has been locked. Please help.

    Really need help.

  10. please do help me by letting know how to reset administrator password when it is forgotten without using cd drive or floppy disk..please do help me..please!!!

  11. Any way of finding out the password of Administrator on Vista [with no reset?]
    i’m fine with cd boot
    [i can only burn straight iso to the cd.]

    please reply to my email or my blog
    thank you so much

  12. Just wanted to say thank you! I had to unlock my account and it worked great! Just finding my way out was a little tricky using ! instead of q or Q. Anyway, I am grateful for you posting the tool.

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