There are lots of bootable CDs and USB sticks with utilities for this: Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor
We are currently in the process of transferring cmputers to a new domain, I am unable to log on locally onto some of the machines due to the local administrator password not working (think I have forgotten it) is there a backdoor way in to get onto the machine so I can reset the passoword?
Google OPHCrack, linux based botable CD that can change/reset passwords on windows machines. Works really well with XP, haven't tried Vista/7 though.
Would it be easier / neater to just re image the computers ?
Why not change the local admin password via Group Policy?
You might be able to set the adminstrator password on the old domain using
How to Change Local Administrator Password with Group Policy - TechNet Articles - United States (English) - TechNet Wiki
use hirens boot CD has a few reset tools, or OPH crack I believe actually shows you the password. Kon boot will get you just by pressing enter at the password screen.
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