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  • Vista Home Password Recovery

    I tried Petter Nordahl-Hagen's Offline NT Password & Registry Editor but failed. On an Aspire laptop with Vista Home Basic it finds partitions

    /disk/sda1 12GB type 27 unknown (manufacturer reload Vista?)
    /disk/sda2 33GB type 6 FAT16 bootable
    /disk/sda3 32GB type 7 HPFS/NTFS

    I don't know if the MBR actually says /sda2 is type 6, which is FAT16. It really is bootable and 33GB, which makes me doubt it's FAT16, but of course if I try to select it I get

    Selected 1

    Mounting from /dev/sda2, with assumed filesystem type FAT/VFAT/FAT32 and similar

    Trying to mount FAT / VFAT / FAT32 etc

    mount: mounting /dev/sda2 on /disk failed: Invalid argument
    ERROR: Mount failed! Try select again or another?

    Selecting /sda3, which it thinks is NTFS, of course gets a successful mount, but that's not where the registry and the sam are.

    Can I override something and tell it to mount /sda2 as ntfs? Dare I try an MBR editor and change the partition type?

    The local Administrator account is disabled and the evil former owner of the machine won't tell us the password of the only user account. I could re-install Vista, but we'd like to keep the disk intact for evidence of her criminal activity.

  • #2
    Re: Vista Administrator's password?

    If you believe the disk contains evidence of criminal activity, you should turn the machine over to police immediately - you should certainly not try to modify the disk in any way.
    Gareth Howells

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    • #3
      Re: Vista Home Password Recovery

      I'm stuck with exactly the same problem.
      Could it be an Acer Aspire issue ?
      Did you work it out ?

      please advise (without going to the police, please, don't reply if that's your final answer)



      • #4
        Re: Vista Home Password Recovery

        (sort of)
        If you think there is criminal intent, do NOT try hacking the password as you will be tampering with the evidence and might get accused yourself of changing things.
        Better to get some forensic software (or better still a forensic expert) to image the computer and make a certified, untampered with, copy of the data that can then be examined properly
        Tom Jones
        MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
        PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
        IT Trainer / Consultant
        Ossian Ltd

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        • #5
          Re: Vista Home Password Recovery

          Image the HDD and then work on the image. This way you won't screw up with any date stamps etc or better still, take it to

          Originally posted by Ossian
          a forensic expert
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