Re: Windows 2000 Administrator lockout

From: Lou C (
Date: 08/16/04

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    To: "Robert Ritchey" <>, <>
    Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 11:13:09 -0400

    Here, this is probably better.
    Unzip, burn the .iso, boot from cdrom
    this will allow you to reset the password to nothing or whatever you desire.
    Make sure you run a scandisk afterwards otherwise no change will take place.

    This is a Linux boot cd. Very easy to use.
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Robert Ritchey" <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Friday, August 13, 2004 5:55 PM
    Subject: Windows 2000 Administrator lockout

    > Hello All,
    > The network that I have is rather small. 1 server, and 4 workstations.
    > I inherited the systems. There has been no administrator working there
    > for a little over a year. What administrator that was there, was very
    > much non-technical.
    > When the network was built whoever built the server installed everything
    > they possibly could. This system now how few main functions:
    > 1. File server
    > 2. Internet Gateway
    > 3. Symantec Virus manager
    > Nobody knows any of the passwords for anything on the system. Any of
    > the passwords that are in use are not allowed administrator access. I
    > do mean for anything! I can't even get Symantec to update virus
    > signatures, as I do not have a password to do the update with. The
    > signature is like 2003 date.
    > It is just very frustrating!
    > I am looking for options, before I have to go and reformat and rebuild.
    > This would in some ways make life simpler, there are wrinkles in that
    > all of there operational data and other services are on the server. We
    > are currently moving foreword with a plan to rebuild. This will happen;
    > I would rather pick the time to do it. Rather than have it forced on
    > me.
    > Does anyone know of any other way to take control of this machine and
    > network.
    > Thanks for your time and any ideas will be appreciated.
    > Robert Ritchey
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