We're trying to repair a pc here.
On startup, the user accounts have disappeared, and a cnt-alt-del to logon wont recognise any of the passwords. We've tried doing a repair install off the win cd, but it asks for the admin password, which it says is invalid.
So it seems like the sam file is corrupted?
Is there any way to bypass the repair install password prompt? Any ideas about recovering the sam that doesnt involve booting windows?
We're trying to get some files off it quickly, which are in a desktop folder. Trying to access the desktop from a second, working computer wont work as the desktop folder is protected by the same .sam in question here. Most heinous!
Thanks in advance.