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  • When they come to me asking for help I always take my Ubuntu 9.04 Live CD, run chntpw and solve the problem
  • There is also an interactive mode, wich is the best way to go with it because it helps you select the options you need to reset or change a password

    • by protoboard
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      I’m sure most systems administrators that works with Windows have at least one Linux Live CD with a few recovery tools on their toolbox. chntpw is a Linux utility that helps users and sys admins recover and reset Windows NT and up (Windows XP, Windows Vista and so on) passwords. I don’t know if it comes bundled with any Linux Live CD, but it’s easy to get and install on a live session of Ubuntu

      (just to give an example).

      Every once in a while people at work forget their password and can’t log into their computers. When they come to me asking for help I always take my Ubuntu 9.04 Live CD, run chntpw and solve the problem. chntpw is a console based application so there’s no graphic interface, but if you are a sys admin and are using chntpw you know what you are doing and you are comfortable ...


      • working with the console, so it’s a fact that chntpw is as user-friendly as it needs to be.

        This piece of software can be used setting all the options at run time so you can reset a password with just one command but you have to know how all the options work. There is also an interactive mode, wich is the best way to go with it because it helps you select the options you

        need to reset or change a password. Although chntpw can be used to change a users password it’s recommended just to reset it (specially when working with Windows XP and Vista).

        When needed to reset a Windows XP password, and when there’s no problem with using Linux for it, chntpw is the best option out there: it’s easy, it’s fast and it’s free. Just note that this application shouldn’t be used to get sensible information without the owner’s authorization.




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