How do I reset a Windows 2000 administrator password?
I don't have the former admin's password for Windows 2000. It's not signing
on to a domain, just as a standalone. Is there a way that I can reset the password or figure out
what it is?
You can reset the Windows 2000 password with a variety of utilities and techniques, many of
which are free. One of the best is by Peter Nordahl-Hagen. He's written a Windows NT/2000/XP
password editor/resetter, called the Offline NT
Password & Registry Editor.
The utility works by booting from a CD or floppy rather than logging in, which also allows you
to unlock disabled or locked-out user accounts. Note: If you use this utility on systems with files
stored in the Encrypting File System (EFS), those files will be lost permanently.
This was first published in August 2004