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I am trying to recover the password of Windows 2003 using the following tools and none of them works.

Existing environment setup:

  1. Host PC runs Windows XP (it is kind of irrelevant here, but still...)
  2. Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
  3. Guest OS - Windows 2003

I have forgotten the administrator password (that is the only account defined) of the Windows 2003 which runs on Virtual PC.

I tried the following -

Offline NT Password & Registry

  1. Downloaded the zip file.
  2. Extracted the ISO image.
  3. In Virtual PC, Captured this ISO image.
  4. Initial screen came as below. alt text
  5. I pressed Enter.
  6. And, then it failed with the following error message. alt text

Why would it fail. I am not able to decipher as to why it fails. The error code does not make sense.

With whichever option I try in the initial screen, it always fails.

  1. boot nousb
  2. boot irqpoll
  3. boot nodrivers

In addition to this tool, I tried EBCD

  1. Downloaded the zip file.
  2. Extracted the ISO image.
  3. In Virtual PC, Captured this ISO image.
  4. Initial screen came as below.alt text

And, then nothing happened. It was just blank screen.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

PS: I looked up these tools only through Superuser.

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Why don't you use the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset to do the job? MSDaRT 6.0 supports Windows XP.

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Thanks! But for this, I need to be logged into the server right? I am not even able to login to the Windows 2003 Server system as I have it configured for only account and that account's password is what I forgot! –  Kanini Dec 19 '10 at 7:04
    
@Kanini, no MSDaRT is a bootable CD. –  ta.speot.is Dec 19 '10 at 7:13
    
Ah, sorry about that! Will give it a try. Thanks! –  Kanini Dec 19 '10 at 7:15

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