I think I screwed up royally last night. I was setting up a cable connection for my friend and noticed when his PC reboots, I saw *Your password expires today, do you want to change it? I click no and head into the Passwords/Users section in the control panel (Win2000Pro) and tried to set it up so it wouldn't ever ask for a password.
Well, I think I locked out ALL of the users including the Administrator on his computer. His password will not work. It will not let me into windows now no matter what I do.
I tried using some linux boot cd that changes passwords, but since I'm locked out on ALL users, it didn't work.
I'm sure I get the Bonehead of the year award, somebody please help!
"These tools work by modifying the SAM file on your computer. Manually renaming the SAM files at C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SAM and C:\WINNT\REPAIR\SAM should also reset the local Administrator password to blank [and would also probably delete all other local accounts which you had created on your computer].
This can be done by booting from a DOS or Windows 9x boot floppy [though if your hard drive is formatted in NTFS format, you can't rename files this way unless you purchase NTFSDOS Pro from www.winternals.com ]."
And the best I would use:
"You can also rename the SAM files by moving the hard drive from the computer to another Windows 2000/XP/NT computer, or by installing a second copy of Windows 2000/XP/NT to a different folder on the computer. "
..this is very useful and helpful place for information...
i tried that linux utility for it, but i think i locked out even the admin user, is that even possible? the SAM utility told me that all my accounts were locked out. will a PW reset be able to fix that?
I installed another instance of windows 2000 on the same hard drive. From the second installation I was able to get to all the files from the first installation. His Disk is FAT32 still, so im just gonna back up all his files and format his drive NTFS and put his files back on there.