This post shows you how to break (change) the Administrator account password without knowing the current one. The previous post elaborated on the reasons that could warrant the changing of the Administrator account password. Beware! The same procedure can be used to change any account’s password. Therefore be sure to implement security in-depth to guard against victimization.
I prefer the Command Line Interface (CLI) and we will be using Disk Operating System (DOS) for this lesson.1. Start a DOS application by clicking on the Start menu, click on Run, type cmd in the combo box
as shown by Figure 1.0 below. Click the OK button. A DOS application Window is now opened.
|Figure 1.0 The Run Dialog Box|
This command shows user accounts like the Administrator, Guest, Jack, RootUser, WebUser,
etc. as shown in Figure 2.0 below.
|Figure 2.0 DOS Window Displaying User Accounts|
account is active, whether a password is required to log in, when the password was last set and
when it will expire, the local group to which the account belongs, etc.
To view this information, type the command net user AccountNname where AccountName
is the account on which you want to view the information. For instance, to view information
on the Administrator account, type the following command and press the Enter key;
net user Administrator
Information on the Administrator account is displayed as shown in Figure 3.0
|Figure 3.0 Account Detailed Information|
net user AccountName *. Make sure you leave a space between the account name and the
asterisk symbol. For example, this is how to break the password for the Administrator account
using the command line as shown in Figure 4.0 below;
net user Administrator *
After pressing the Enter key, you are prompted to type a password for the user. Note that
when you are typing the password, nothing appears. Press the Enter key after you have finished
the typing. You are prompted again to retype the password to ensure that you have not
fat-fingered when you were typing.