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    How to Reset Windows XP admin password with Knoppix

    Hi all,

    I forgot my Windows XP administrator password. I boot the computer with Knoppix 4.0 bootable cd and try to delete C:\windows\system32\config\SAM file which store password (as far as I know) But I cannot delete this file. It say it is read only file, cannot be modified, even though I set mount as read write in action to my windows hard drive. I can remember about six month before, I did same and it worked, but now it is not working.
    Can some one let me know how to reset/recover Admin password using knoppix CD.
    I also used Knoppix STD with built in Windows password crack tool but it is also not reseting the admin password.

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    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
    Knoppix can do a great job with recovery stuff in a pinch, but for the serious jobs, you should always use a livecd that is designed for the job.

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    Is it also a bootable CD like Knoppix? How to use it?

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    Hi,
    I've never used it but wouldn't Bart's PE bootable CD be a better bet? Admittedly it's not free software, but it is designed for Windows.
    See
    http://www.pcbeginner.com/tools/pcdoctor.htm
    Regards,
    Mark

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    No, because Bart's doesn't include a password reset utility.
    The Ultimate Boot CD is not designed with any specific OS in mind. It runs a stripped down Linux, but that doesn't mean that it's any less effective at doing what it's designed to do.
    For Admin password resets on Windows machines, the only way to go is either with the UBCD or the standalone NTPASS software on a floppy disk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markpreston View Post
    Hi,
    I've never used it but wouldn't Bart's PE bootable CD be a better bet? Admittedly it's not free software, but it is designed for Windows.
    See
    http://www.pcbeginner.com/tools/pcdoctor.htm
    Regards,
    Mark
    Hello,have you reset windows password successfully? I also forgot my login password on my windows 10, is there any way to reset win 10 password without reinstalling system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by foamrotreturns View Post
    No, because Bart's doesn't include a password reset utility.
    The Ultimate Boot CD is not designed with any specific OS in mind. It runs a stripped down Linux, but that doesn't mean that it's any less effective at doing what it's designed to do.
    For Admin password resets on Windows machines, the only way to go is either with the UBCD or the standalone NTPASS software on a floppy disk.
    I used ntpasword, but it keeps saying not table found.

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