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    where does windows store the usernames and passwords

    hi all,
    i was wondering where windows could store its passwords.
    like in linux we have the encrpted file /etc/passwd. do we have such file in windows. also is there any way in which i can gain acess to this file using the comand promt boot mode of windows

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    Windows 9x stores the passwords in pwl files. Windows NT (and 2k, xp) stores this in the SAM. It's just a part of the registry. There is no easy direct acces like you have in un*x where you can just read /etc/passwd and be done.

    On NT you can access it on the commandline with the net.exe command.
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    Yes, and on W2K and newer OSes, even the admin cannot see the SAM entries. You'd be best served by getting a third party app to see what SAM entries look like, although in their untouched form they are less than interesting.
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    Try www.jv16.org and download the set of tools. Use them wisely.

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    If u grab any win 9x system and it ask u the password and u do not know just go to the

    command prompt and del *pwl or better option is ren *.pwl to something u like(so that u can

    rename them back NOT to be noticed by anyother one.)

    Question is how to get into command prompt->Bootable disk.

    BIOS password is diffrent so not blame be.
    BIOS passwords can be easy broken down.

    Kiddy stuff.
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    Hey ritesh guar i understan your english isnt all that great but see if you can wrap your mind around this. WE ARE NOT HERE TO BREAK INTO OTHER PEOPLES SYSTEMS WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT.
    rename them back NOT to be noticed by anyother one.)
    This leads me to believe that its not for a legitemit purpose.

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    Talking OK!

    Thanx for such a nice CAPS text.

    Imp. point is anyone can do this thing to U ,so u must be aware about all.


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    For English U R 100% right sir, I will improve it Ok!.
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