A really horrible problem that needs a solution fast

By resu
Aug 24, 2010
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  1. right heres the story.

    all our machines at work have the same admin passwords (or so i thought)
    because i'm lazy i VNC to do updates etc on people machines so to restart in safemode i use msconfig and check boot to safe mode.

    turns out this user thought of himself as a bit of a IT wiz and to 'protect' his files ... he changed the admin password.

    only thing is that he's forgotten it...

    no i'm stuck in a loop of the machine booting to safemode and not knowing the admin password.

    does anyone know of a way that i can reset this password OR change the msconfig back to standard?

    I know i shouldve checked but i didnt think anyone would wanna change their admin password!?

    any help would be great.

    Thank you in advance

  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    There is a boot disc that can reset the admin password of a system to anything you want or nothing at all. I don't recall which one I've used but if you Google a little you'll find it.
  3. resu

    resu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 172

    hey thanks for the reply. Cant believe its a week ago since i posted this. poor form on my part.

    In the end i found some boot disc that ran in a dos / command prompt style.

    gave me a list of all users that had used the computer and the ability to reset the passwords or clear them.

    In the end i just reset the admin password so i could change my msconfig settings.

    one thing to note though is that it messed up the other user accounts e.g when i tried to log in it would say something along the lines of "windows cannot log you in as the user is corrupt. logging you in with a temporary user"

    it didn t bother me as I just needed the data off it before i reformat it for a fresh install, but worth taking into accoun if other people get in this sort of issue.

    looking back on it i could've used a linux live disc to get what i wanted aswell :)

    thanks again

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