Damaged SAM file

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by RJK, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. RJK

    RJK Guest

    Hi all

    Just had a call from a lady whose Logon Password is being rejected on her
    Vista Home Premium PC, (and of course there was no backup image policy in
    place !!!).

    So, does a system "Restore Point" contain the SAM file, i.e. would a "System
    Restore" restore an uncorrupted SAM file ?

    regards, Richard
    RJK, Dec 2, 2013
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  2. RJK

    RJK Guest

    RJK, Dec 2, 2013
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  3. Gene E. Bloch, Dec 2, 2013
  4. RJK

    RJK Guest

    Many thanks for your help but, been there, done that, i.e.
    If I get her to do a password reset, she'll lose all her emails etc.
    whereas most people are simply happy to regain access to their PC, this
    particular lady has quadzillions of data in the sole user account, on the
    PC, that she does not want to lose !

    (...PARTICULARLY annoying as I had FREQUENTLY warned and advised her, across
    the past few years, to get disaster recovery in place) !!!!!

    ....have been exploring OPH Crack CD, ...burnt CD from ISO, ran it to see if
    it can reveal my XP Home ed, pw ...and it can't ! I get a Linux menu,
    ....none of the options seem to do very much !

    ....anyhooo have to go to bed now !!

    regards, Richard
    RJK, Dec 2, 2013
  5. Note that I said *reset password*, not reinstall Windows.

    The idea of resetting the password is that it will allow her to boot to
    Windows even though there is now a problem in the password process.

    If you find something that is meant to produce a different result,
    don't use it.

    I think it's time for a real expert to chime in, just to make sure both
    you and I are on the same page and that I have understood the problem
    you described, and that you have understood what I am suggesting.
    Gene E. Bloch, Dec 3, 2013
  6. RJK

    Oldster Guest

    I have a Bootable CD called "Windows Password Reset from Linux Shell"
    which is probably the name I gave it! I have used that in the past and
    it worked for me. Some words in a text file with the CD are as follows :-
    " Windows Change Password / Registry Editor / Boot CD

    (c) 1998-2011 Petter Nordahl-Hagen. Distributed under GNU GPL v2"

    It's claimed to work on :-
    "NT 3.51, NT 4, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server,
    Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008."

    Good Luck
    Oldster, Dec 3, 2013
  7. RJK

    RJK Guest

    Thanks for all help,

    I got to sit in front of afrementioned PC just after midday today,
    ....it booted into Safe Mode okay, and allowed me to chkdsk /r and remove the
    sole user a/c pw etc.,
    ....after quizzing lady as to when it last booted up okay,
    ....performed a system checkpoint / restore dated 28/11/2013 | rebooted,
    ....and hey presto all is lovely !!! :)

    ....though a quick peek in Event Viewer | System
    "The following boot start orsystem driver failed to load i8042prt"
    ....so am researching that now.

    regards, Richard
    RJK, Dec 3, 2013
  8. Thanks for the report. I had forgotten about the method you described,
    so double thanks.

    Also, see the post from Oldster, which describes what I was talking
    about better than I did. That would non-destructively get you into your
    account (rather, her account). But you didn't need it, so at this
    moment it's moot anyway.
    Gene E. Bloch, Dec 3, 2013
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