I am so new to Linux /Unix that I am still in nappies (Aussie speak for diapers) so please forgive the basic questions.
I am trying to revover the admin /root password to an XP machine. An employee of mine was terminated for cause and did not reveal the password before he left. Normally I would just do a new /fresh install of the op system /corporate drive image but I need the sales data that is on it. Hence this request.
This is what I am trying to do (thanks to a TechTV.com dark tip)
1. Boot with Knoppix STD and launch a shell.
2. From the shell, you can view all your NTFS partitions via the LinuxNTFS built into Knoppix STD.
3. Navigate to the windows\system32\config directory.
4. Copy the SAM and system files to a USB thumbdrive.
I have even bought and registered a copy of LC4, just in case I need it
I can't get past step 1
It loads okay but then I don't have enough memory to load any of the included KDE's ("Windows emulators") so I need your help to walk me through the commands that I would use to enable me to mount the XP HDD, the USB flash drive and then navigate to the windows dir to copy the SAM and SYSTEM files to the USB drive. How do I launch a shell exactly and then what do I do once I have the prompt? I don't know what name my machine gives the physical HDD nor do I know where on the knoppix CD the commands I need are going to be located (user/bin?).
I have looked through the Knoppix help site and even tried altavista.babel.com to translate it from German and I just get more and more frustrated. I have searched the forum and have not found any similar requests no matter what boolean thinking I use
Any help would be most grateful.
Thanks in advance,