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Free Windows Password Recovery Tool

December 12th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

I was replacing a domain controller today and on one of the client machines, we realized after we had removed it from the old domain that the administrator password had at some point been changed to one that was not part of our records. Making matters worse, this was the managers Windows XP Professional machine and held the companies financial data. I’d seen many ads and links in the past for password recovery/reset tools, but most of them seemed like a scam and the ones that worked were pretty expensive.

Since I was desperate to not have to format the machine, I renewed my search and came across this:

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

I didn’t have a lot of faith that it work work, but actually worked flawlessly. Its a live boot linux CD that walks you through the steps to clear a user password. Very simple to use, nothing confusing about it at all.

Oddly, the author is not taking donations at all.

Just for insurance, I have archived the program here:

http://greenolivetree.net/files/cd100627.zip

But please do visit his site for the latest version!

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