Re: Still Unable To Logon (NT)

From: x y, mvp (
Date: 03/21/03

From: "x y, mvp" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 14:15:13 -0500

... and what's the exact error message you're getting? I'm not really clear
on whether you're at the main Windows login to get into Windows, or trying
to go through a network to get from one computer to another, etc.

I see from your previous post that you're running NT. If NT is telling you
your password failed when trying to log in as an administrator, then you
need to reset your administrator password. If this fits what is happening
to you, then any one of the utilities or boot disks listed below from the
FAQ will help:

      [Free] [NTPASSWD floppy] [NTPASSWD boot
CD-ROM] [bootdisk.bin] [two different
floppies] [boot floppy]

      [Not Free] [ERD Commander 2002
boot CD-ROM] [NTAccess]

WARNING: use these tools at your own risk.

These tools work by modifying the SAM file on your computer. Manually
renaming the SAM files at C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SAM and
C:\WINNT\REPAIR\SAM should also reset the local Administrator password to
blank [and would also probably delete all other local accounts which you had
created on your computer].

This can be done by booting from a DOS or Windows 9x boot floppy [though if
your hard drive is formatted in NTFS format, you can't rename files this way
unless you purchase NTFSDOS Pro from ]. You can also
rename the SAM files by moving the hard drive from the computer to another
Windows 2000/XP/NT computer, or by installing a second copy of Windows
2000/XP/NT to a different folder on the computer.

Problems with using the floppy disk methods above are supposedly rare, but
can happen. If you do try one of the floppy disk methods above and your
computer will no longer boot to Windows, try renaming the SAM files as
described above.

If all else fails, you can always reinstall Windows [though you could lose
some data or have to reinstall other software after doing this].

"Ken Wickes [MSFT]" <> wrote in message
> Are you using XP or 9x?

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