Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I need to login in as an administrator to my Dell Lattitude E6500 running WinXP Pro. Any ideas? Of course I don't know the password.

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

The Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, Bootdisk / CD will do what you want.

share|improve this answer
+1 used this before & can recommend it! – Nick Kavadias Oct 1 '09 at 12:22
Bart (silverstrim) and you are refering to the same utility, but you refer to the live linux he mentions. Petter Nordahl-Hagen's chntpw is definitely the way to go ! – petrus Jul 13 '10 at 0:16

Google for chntpw. I use it from a bootable Rescue Is Possible Linux CD. You can google for the RIP cd, burn it, boot from it in console (text) mode, mount the hard disk (usually like "mount /dev/hda1" or "mount /dev/sda1", check what listings are in /mnt for some clue), then use something like "chntpw /mnt/hda1/WINDOWS/system32/config/SAM" and accept the options to clear the password for that account. Then remove the CD and reboot once changes are written to the drive. When it restarts, local administrator has no password.

I think the chntpw site has a bootable disc also that specialized just in resetting the password, and RIP is a multipurpose tool so has a bigger learning curve.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.