Windows® 2000 Lost Password
Forgetting your Windows® 2000 password is a common occurrence; however, there are simple and quick ways to recover the lost password.
Lots of Windows® 2000 users tend to forget their passwords and get locked out of their systems. Sometimes, repeated attempts to recover their passwords don’t yield any results, thus resulting in extreme frustration. However, it’s not hard to recover a lost password if you know the right procedure. Apart from some very useful procedures to recover the lost password, there are some tools that can help you to recover the password without much hassle.
Mentioned below are a few things you can attempt in case you have lost your Windows® 2000 password:
- How to recover a lost password on Windows® 2000
- How to remove a password on Windows® 2000
- Tools to recover the lost password
How to recover a lost password on Windows® 2000
There is a very simple way to recover your lost password on Windows® 2000. For that you have to insert the operating system’s installation CD and restart the system. When the system prompts you to choose the destination directory, choose a separate directory than the default Windows® installation directory. After the system restarts, select the installation place. Rename the ‘logon.scr’ file, which you will find in the ‘%systemroot%System32 Windows’ folder, and then paste it into the ‘C: drive’. Also, paste a copy of the ‘cmd.exe’ file into the drive as well. Right-click on the original ‘cmd.exe’ file and select ‘Rename’. Delete the ‘cmd.exe’ text and replace it with ‘logon.scr’. Restart and boot with the Windows® installation CD. The screen opens a window where you have to type the new password. Once done, delete the ‘logon.scr’ file from the ‘%systemroot%system32’ folder and put in the following commands: ‘copy c:logon.scr c:windows%systemrootsystem32’ and ‘copy c:cmd.exe c:windows%systemrootsystem 32’. Reboot with the original installation.
How to remove a password on Windows® 2000
Sometimes, you might also want to remove a password in case you don’t want to take chances of forgetting it again. For this, log in as the administrator after typing in the password. Then, access the ‘Control Panel’ from the ‘Start’ menu and go to the ‘Users and Passwords’ option. Now, you have to simply press ‘Alt’, ‘Ctrl’, and ‘Delete’ simultaneously and then click the ‘Change Password’ button to remove the password from the system.
There are several tools available which can help the user in recovering the lost password: Offline NT Password and Registry Editor helps you to rewrite passwords. Emergency Boot CD enables you to change your password and, thus, start accessing your system. Apart from all these tools and utilities, Microsoft® has also released a program called Windows Password Key 8.0 which helps in recovering the lost password.