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Chapter 32. Crash Recovery > Recovering If Your Administrator Password Is Lost

Recovering If Your Administrator Password Is Lost

If you are unfortunate enough to be in the position of having a lost or forgotten Administrator password, do not give up all hope. There are several potential recovery methods available to you. First, if you are using Windows XP Professional and are a domain member, just ask your network administrator to reset your Administrator account password. He can do this locally on your computer or remotely via the network. Second, if you have more than one account on your computer with administrative privileges, then you can reset the password yourself. You can use the User Accounts applet located in the Control Panel. Or you can use the Local Users and Groups folder of the Computer Management application. The Computer Management application is located in the Administrative Tools group in the Control Panel. Both provide a means to reset a specific user account.

If you do not belong to a domain, or have a second account with administrative privileges, then it is more difficult to recover the password. A few methods that can resolve the problem are those that restore a previous SAM registry hive to a time when you know the Administrator password. This can include a tape, or disk, backup. Or system recovery disk. Or a Password recovery disk.


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