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Forgotten local Administrator password in Windows



Last modified: Aug. 1, 2008

Contents
1 - Summary
2 - Boot from CD
3 - Select hard drive
4 - Select registry path
5 - Password or registry edit
6 - Save changes


1 - Summary

This little guide will show how to reset the local Administrator password in
case you forgot it. This has been tested in Windows XP.


2 - Boot from CD

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor can be downloaded at the following
website. Download the image and create the CD.

http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/

Set your BIOS to boot from CD as the first boot option. Put the CD and boot
from it. This is the first screen you will see.

Boot options
Press Enter to continue. 3 - Select hard drive Select the hard drive where Windows is installed. In this example there is only one hard drive containing one partition.
Select hard drive
Press 1 and then Enter to continue. 4 - Select registry path Select the path where the Windows registry is stored. In this example it is WINDOWS\system32\config.
Select registry path
Press 1 and then Enter to continue. 5 - Password or registry edit The Windows registry is being loaded into system memory.
Loading Windows registry
Press 1 and then Enter to continue.
Edit user password
Type in the username of the local Administrator and press Enter to continue.
Clear out password
Press 1 to clear out the user password and then Enter to continue. The password is now blank. 6 - Save changes Press q to Quit and then Enter to continue. You will now be asked to save your changes. Press y to save your changes and then Enter to continue. Press n to quit and then Enter to continue.
Save changes
Finally, remove the CD and then press CTRL-ALT-DEL to reboot.

Last modified: Thu Jan 1 00:00:00 1970 UTC
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