Jun 11

Recovering Windows XP Professional Password

Windows XP Professional Password Recovery

Recently, I booted up the old Shuttle SN41G2 I used in college, only to run-into the password prompt, for a password I had honestly completely forgot.  The good news, is that this is a solved problem, on XP (and more recent versions too, I believe).  I had to nab the password reset utility, from http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/ ; I can verify that it indeed works though.  Said computer, albeit my second-most-under-powered one (right after my very first, which I still have – a Pentium Pro 200 mhz, with my similarly super old-school 3dfx Voodoo 2s – interestingly, I still remember its password.  Yes, I had SLI, when it was first commercially available; it’s not even referred as that anymore; I believe its IP was a major reason they were purchased, and that they didn’t release the Voodoo 5 6000 earlier, was a major part of the reason they ran into financial difficulty; as we can see now, it was capable of out-performing all other cards, it would have been competing against.

1 comment

  1. Angly

    Kind of related, but doesn’t need it’s own dang article; a Media Feature Pack, for Windows 10 N, that actually works: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4016817/media-feature-pack-for-n-edition-of-windows-10-version-1703-april-2017

    I’ve saw more than one page saying to install KB3099229, KB3133719, then Windows-MediaFeaturePack-OOB-Package. It wouldn’t work; KB3099229 would error-out, telling me it’s not compatible, with my version of Windows (Windows 10 N). The above link was actually the ticket though; I needed it, because apparently my old(er) Sansa Mp3 player wasn’t even detected without it. Then Sansa (now Sandisk) was trying to convince me there’s a problem with my Sansa Mp3 player, and that I should get their updated model – also, the stuff they asked for was borderline ridiculous, and seemed like a stall tactic, e.g. “clear and zoomed in” pics of the mp3 player (front & back), and its storage capacity.

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