Using Linux To Recover Windows Password?
My aunt uses Windows XP and got a nasty virus on it. It was a rootkit virus that fooled her anti-virus software and it also wouldn't let here access the internet. Because of this I tried to run the computer in safe mode so I could try to get a good antivirus program that would check for rootkits.
When in the msconfig I enabled the safemode and also disabled the avast (anti-virus) from startup. When I went to apply It told me I had to be an administrator to do this opperation. So I logged out and saw no administrator user. So I logged back in and set the login type to the business style where you need to type the username and the password. Here is where I screwed up. My aunt had her computer for 1 month and didn't know either her username OR her password! I am now stuck at the login screen and I've tried everything that might be the two (including guest and all blank). I removed the cmos battery and that didn't work either.
Long story short (skip here if you don't want to read the explanation)
I'm locked out of the Windows computer and I don't want to have to swipe her computer with a fresh Windows installation (she doesn't want linux :(). So it's Linux to save the day! I have an ubunut 9.04 disc, kubuntu 9.10 disc, and a fedora 10.xx disc (my current os). Which should I use and how can I use Linux to recover the windows username and password?