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  • No Floppy, CD won't read - How to reset admin password?

    My brother has an Acer laptop with WinXP Pro. It does not have a floppy drive. The CD/DVD drive for some reason will write but not read CD'S. We wanted to update the drivers, but found he does not have admin access. We have tried booting as admin and leaving the password blank. That does not work, so there must be an admin password set.

    Almost all the solutions to recovering an admin password require a bootable floppy or bootable CD. Obviously neither will work here.

    I found this solution which is supposed to work, but it sound rather drastic and I am reluctant to try it as it could conceivably lock us out of the computer altogether. Can anyone comment on this solution? Has anyone tried it: http://www.it.iitb.ac.in/~sudhir/Hac...n_XP_Hack.html

    Alternatively, If I connected the computer to my network at the office and logged in a domain admin to my SBS server domain, would that allow me to reset the local admin password on the computer?

    Any other suggestions that do not involve a boot floppy, boot CD or disassembly of the laptop?

  • #2
    Re: No Floppy, CD won't read - How to reset admin password?

    Problem solved, I think: It appears the inability of the CDROM to read CD's was a software driver problem and the computer will in fact boot from a CD with approriate drivers.

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    • #3
      Re: Thanks for sharing

      Thanks for sharing your answer with us! I'm sure others will also benefit from knowing what was wrong and how you fixed it.

      Cheers,

      Daniel Petri
      Microsoft Most Valuable Professional - Active Directory Directory Services
      MCSA/E, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

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      • #4
        Re: No Floppy, CD won't read - How to reset admin password?

        Now that your CD-ROM works as expected, what process did you use to solve your password issue?
        Cheers,

        Rick

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        • #5
          Re: No Floppy, CD won't read - How to reset admin password?

          We retrieved the admin password using the Windows Password Recovery service here:

          http://www.petri.com/forgot_administ...assword.htm#20

          Oddly enough, as soon as we rebooted using the admin account, the CD worked.

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