Lost Password – Windows XP Virtual Machine…


Ok, had to reset it.  Here is what I did:

  1. Searches led me to this site:   http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm
  2. Trial and error led me to this tool:  Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, Bootdisk / CD
  3. I downloaded the cd080802.iso file.
  4. As I was unable to boot from the iso file itself in the VMware Server 2 web console (don’t ask me why), I was forced to burn this to a CD and boot the VM off of it (it boot s so fast, I had to set it to boot to the BIOS first and make the CD drive the first boot device).
  5. I followed the defaults offered up by the boot CD and reset (blanked) my password.
  6. Removed the CD and booted the VM, got right into my account just fine.
  7. Created a new password.

I won’t soon forget this password now.  What a pain.  Hope this helps – I looked at John the Ripper and a couple others, but this tool really did the trick.

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9 Responses

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