One of the worst things which will make you feel like a complete computer idiot is losing Windows 2000 administrator password. If you’ve just finished the install, remember check for an innocent mistake when you add a password to your account, check again in case the Caps Lock was on without attention. And write down the password for future use.
If you miss this steps. Unfortunately you have forgotten the admin password. What a poor guy. Hopefully you have another account that is a member of the administrator’s group. If you do, just log on that account and change the administrator password.
IF you don’t do that trick. Without installing, do in this way. But you may afford to lose any other accounts . See details below.
1. On FAT system, boot the computer with an old DOS or Windows 9x boot disk, delet the %systemroot%\System32\Config\SAM file.
2. On NTFS system, you can use Recovery console to access and delete the file.But you need to have configured the Recovery Console for automatic administrative logon through the local security policy or inherited domain security policy.
Another way for you is backing up the system. Reinstall windows 2000 and then restore the system. But if you do in the wrong way, you may lost your data.
The best for resetting windows 2000 admin password when forgot it is using Windows Password Key, this tool can reset the password to blank without knowing it. Work in any windows system with admin or user password. Deleting Sam file or back up the system may suddenly lose your accounts or data. Then this may the best choice. Just burn the ISO image to USB or a blank CD/DVD, a few minutes later, you will log in your computer soon.