I am assuming that you are referring to your Windows login password... if not please give more details.
There are many password recovery utilities on the net, using dictionary based cracking algorithms. Some of the more expensive ones also use an inverse lookup database for the
password hash-file entries.
One of the best was a free or nearly free program made by a company called SysInternals run by Mark Russinovich. Unfortunately Mark Russinovich was hired by Microsoft, and his new website, now called winternals no longer offers this utility. You can probably still find it on the NET if you google it.
Do you have another account on this computer, such as the main administrator account. IF you do you can log into it, and reset/change your own password. If your computer comes up with a bunch of login icons, and the master administrator account is not listed, press Ctr-Alt-Del twice in a row at the login screen, and then enter the user ID and password for the main administrator account:
User name: Administrator
Password : ..........
If your computer came with windows pre-installed,
than the vendor should know the administrator account
Please note that although the administrator account CANNOT
be deleted from windows, it can be RENAMED in the local
policy settings, and the vendor of your computer may have
Also you can plug your hard drive into another computer, and treat is as a data drive. You can then recover all your important files, providing you did not deliberately encrypt them using the
NTFS encryption utility. (Encryption is OFF by default)
Once you recover all your files, put the hard-drive back,
and re-install windows. This is guaranteed to work but
it can take a long time, depending on how many application
programs you have to re-install if you do re-install Windows.
Hope this helps, Martin
Next time write down your password in a safe place, despite
of what common wisdom (or Microsoft) tells you. Given the
blinding speed of modern computers, and the parallel power of
internet computing NO password is safe from the experienced hacker or government agency, anyway. Any password that
can be remembered by humans, is definitely not safe against
a brute force (BFI) attack.
Create very long and random password, full of mixed case
letters, numbers and weird characters, and then write it down
and keep copies in many safe places. Never use the same password for two unrelated purposes.
Apr 22, 2008 |
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