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Windows Password Recovery: ONTPRE

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor (ONTP&RE)

Did you lock yourself out of your Windows system?  Forgot your Windows password?  What is the best Windows password recovery?

The best way is to have a Windows Recovery disc ready.  But this is something you must do BEFORE you get locked out.

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There are tools you can use to get into your system, but the first think you should try is to use “Administrator” as the user with no password.  “Administrator” is a default account on Windows systems.  On Windows 7 it is disabled by default but if someone has used the account you may be able to use it as backdoor into the system.

If their is not Administrator account and no Windows Recovery disc you will have to use a Windows password recovery tool.  ONTP&RE is a password recovery tool that allows quick access to windows systems.

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1.  Download ONTP&E: First, download the Windows password recovery software from pogostick.net . pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/cd110511.zip

2.  Unzip ONTP&E:  Files are compressed into 1 folder named ( cd110511.zip).  Unzip the file.

3.  Create CD with ISO:  Set the cd disc creator into ‘image to  disc’’. Burn the image to the cd.  Each CD burner software is different, so you will have to figure out how to create a CD from the ISO.  Sometimes its as easy as double clicking the ISO but it depends on the type of software.

4.  Reboot & Insert:  Actually, you need to make sure your Windows system is able to boot from the CD.  Once its done , insert the cd back to the CD ROM  and reboot your computer.

5.   Computer Boot from CD:  As your computer reboots, keep hitting F2 to go through the BIOS.  Select “Boot Options”.  Some versions of BIOS call this “Boot”.  But the idea is the same.  Go into the BIOS and make sure CDROM is on the top of the list for boot options.  This means that the computer first looks at the CD before going to the Hard Drive.  Instructions on modifying BIOS settings will be listed on the page.

6.  Boot into ONTRE:  Once the BIOS boot option is set, save and exit.  Your system will boot into your ONTRE disc.  Software will start running. Just follow the steps.  “Press enter” to boot into the “Offline NT Password & Registry Editor” CD.

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screen shot of Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

7.  Select an Account:  It will ask you to select an account.  If you hit “Enter” it will automatically boot into the [Administrator] account.

*note: Anything in [brackets] is the default value, so if you hit “Enter” it will auto-magically choose that [bracket] value.. its a linux thing.. you wouldn’t understand.

If you choose the “Administrator” account, you may need to Enable the account since the built-in Administrator account is  disabled by default in certain versions of Windows.

8.  Enable Built-in Administrator Account:  The Windows account  needs to be enabled.  Select 4  and enter ‘to Unlock and enable user Account’.

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windows ontpre menu

9.  Clear (blank) User Password:  After selecting 4-Unlock and Enable user account, you will be sent back to the User Edit Menu. If you want to clear the Administrator password (if it has one) then hit enter or type Administrator and Select 1 and “Enter” – to clear the user password.

10.  Save Changes:  Once you have made all the changes you want (enabled the Administrator account & cleared any passwords), you are ready for the next step.  Hit  ‘!’ and enter.

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Windows ONTP&RE password save change

On the screen it asks ‘What to do’?  hit q to quit. You will see:

Step FOUR:  Writing back changes

“About to write file(s) back.  Do it ?’’

Hit   Y  and enter to save changes.

11.  Last Step:  Hit “Ctrl-Alt-Del” to reboot and eject the cd quickly.  This will allow the system to boot into Windows on the Hard drive.

You can now login as “Administrator” with NO password.

Once you are in as Administrator you can change passwords of any local accounts in Control Panel | Users.

Validated Product – IBM Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5

I’m always happy to see Linux get on the Common Criteria validated products list. Red Hat is a good product and its good to see the industry picking up on it.

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a general purpose, multi-user, multi-tasking Linux based operating system. It provides a platform for a variety of applications in the governmental and commercial environment. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is available on a broad range of computer systems, ranging from departmental servers to multi-processor enterprise servers and small server type computer systems.

It was given an Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL 4).

Good Article about it at Computer World

LAMP lights the way in open-source security

The most popular open-source software is also the most free of bugs, according to the first results of a U.S. government-sponsored effort to help make such software as secure as possible.

The more I work with Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP (LAMP) the more I love it.  For Blogging, Content Management Systems and the like that combination is UNTOUCHABLE, like Eliot Ness.  I'm begining to realize that there is not much that it can not do on the web.  If you your read the article though there is on important note about LAMP:

“There is one caveat: PHP, the popular programming language, is the only component in the LAMP stack that has a higher bug density than the baseline, Coverity said.”

That sucks because PHP is my favorite part of LAMP.  I know MySQL is extremily impressive being a free database that is superior to previous versions of Oracle (not sure about current), but databases continue to be something I am not comfortable with messing around with.

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GirlGeekette Does it AGAIN! LINUX+ cheat Sheet

Last time she blew my mind with the incomparable, simple, and free Security+ cheat sheet and now on the brink of my new found “open source fetish” she has created the Linux+ Cheat Sheet

Although I am WAY to busy these days to take any more certifications, the Linux+ is definitely one I'd like to take.  I am by NO means savy at Linux.  I mean, I can get around in it.  I've messed around with druid.  I've got a couple of dual booted systems (might sound tricky but theres really nothing magical about it) and I know enough about the unix command line not to “rm -r” as root, but I'm no Linus Trivalds!  I don't know DAMN IT about kernel.  So I thing the Linux+ would be perfect for me.

So once again kudos to girlgeekette, who I might add has a developed a PHP blog that I am jealous of!