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Beginners Guides: Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods

Beginners Guides: Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods - PCSTATS
Abstract: Ever wondered how to recover or reset a forgotten password in WindowsXP? This guide will help you get back into your computer, all without reinstalling the operating system.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Aug 31 2007   Mike Dowler  
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Extracting passwords from the SAM file

Now that you have the SAM and SYSTEM files, copy them to your alternate system and start your password auditing software. For the purposes of this article, we are going to describe the process using Proactive Windows Security Explorer.

Select the 'registry files (SAM, SYSTEM)' option and click 'dump.'

Enter the location of the SYSTEM file in the top text box, and then enter the location of the SAM file at the bottom of the screen. Click 'dump'

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
 Pg 2.  Resetting BIOS Passwords
 Pg 3.  Using Asterisk-Password Revealing Programs
 Pg 4.  Windows Login Passwords
 Pg 5.  NT/2000/XP password reset boot utility
 Pg 6.  Retrieving the Windows XP SAM and SYSTEM files
 Pg 7.  — Extracting passwords from the SAM file
 Pg 8.  Brute Force Password Cracking

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