One of the many tools in my arsenal that makes my job easier is a password cracker. The only time(s) I need to use this is usually a workstation that lost trust with the domain, and no one knows the password to the local administrator account (which on Windows 7 is never administrator but found a trick to figure out the local account). What this CD does is you boot to it, it's clearly Linux based but designed to change/clear the local administrator account password so you can get into the PC, re-add it to the domain, and go on about your day. Also for those saying "why don't you just use the cache account". Usually when a PC that loses trusts to the domain and is connected during that time, it remembers that and at times the cache accounts won't let you in or/and they don't have the necessary permissions to do what needs to be done.
Here is the catch: first I don't know who makes it and I am yet to be the one that downloads it via internet. Every time I try to go and find it I get tons of porn websites and a few times a virus which that I now need to fix. But I know it's Linux based and very popular for I have seen many colleagues use it throughout my career at all the places I have worked at. I asked those where did they find it and they couldn't remember: great!
Why looking for it?
I got complaints from my colleagues that it doesn't work which I thought they weren't doing it right. Then one day I needed it and it didn't work. Between some tests and a little commonsense I figured out why. This CD is designed to work for Windows 7 and before BUT only for 32-bit machines. It can't find the Windows directory on a 64-bit PC hence the issue. So I would like the latest version hoping it has that issue resolved but again I don't know where to look. Not sure if I am 100% right on this but that is the pattern I am seeing.
Note this has nothing to do with hacking even thought technically that is what it does. No malicious intent involved and saves me from having to rebuild a PC. If you have a better solution I am open to those ideas as well.
I really hope this thread isn't removed.
Edited by hamluis, 29 September 2014 - 02:09 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Tips/Tricks - Hamluis.