Windows Installation Story

Today i decided to install a fresh copy of Windows. The previous installation was almost an year old and as usual slowed down a lot and messed up too. I searched the drawers for Windows XP, didn’t found any. Asked my mom about the CD, she answered, “why the hell should I know about CDs, I don’t own this PC, you do.”

At last without searching further I went to Jumbo CD shop. The shopkeeper pointed at a CD rack having Windows collection. I decided to stick to Windows XP as I didn’t want to experiment on Vista or 7 with my current PC specifications. I was amazed to see a dozen tweaked Windows XP Sp3. There was a Black Edition, a Blue Edition, crystal Edition, Silver Edition, Gold Edition, etc etc etc. These tweaked Windows are cool, I remembered installed a couple of these on my friends’ PC, they have all the essential software pre-installed but they get corrupt too early so not my option today and I pick a Plain Windows XP SP3.

Backup

Reached home, turned on my PC, copied all my data from C drive to D which included FireFox bookmarks, pics in My document folder and MSN chat logs in My Received files. I don’t keep much┬á in my Windows Drive.

Installation

Inserted the CD in the drive, booted the system from CD, waited till the installation menu appear. As usual I chose C drive as my Windows installation drive and NTFS as the file system, waited till the Windows install.

Drivers

I have a ASUS board. i have downloaded the latest drivers from there support web site a couple of months ago. Installed them, restarted my PC.

Partitioning : Again!!

A stupid idea struck my mind, “I have too many partitions, lets reduce !”. So I installed the old trusty Symentec Partition Magic 8.0 and merge my last 2 partition. All was going well until I got an ERROR

“Partition Merging Not Done!!!! Completed with error”

My heart nearly came to my mouth, all my e-books, all my software ( cracked ones of course ), all my songs ( saving since 4 years ) , video ( etc etc) all may be gone. I opened My Computer, both the drives gone !!!! I nearly cried. I tried the old method of making things work – I restarted Windows. To my surprise a merged partition appeared, thank u God. But with one problem. When you merge two drives , the second drive becomes a folder in the first drive. This happened with me too, as was expected. The problem was , I could not get the folder to open, this time one more stupid error

“Access Denied”

What to do now??!? Once again I opened the not so trusty Symentec Partition Magic. All looked fine there. I performed a disk error check and got one more error

“Disk has blah blah blah errors”

This was enough, I remember there was one another partition manager, Paragon Partition Manager. I downloaded it , installed it and to my surprise its partition explorer was showing the second drive’s folder content. A slight relief. I quickly copied all my drive’s data to another one. One more problem – The folder size was 27GB and it was taking my disk space. I need this folder to be deleted ASAP. The software didn’t help much in removing disk errors but at least saved my data.

The Last Stand

Tired, frustrated cursing Symentec for the buggy software and incomplete troubleshooting guide I converted the whole partition to FAT32. To my surprise the folder was back again without error.

Problem solved ­čÖé

Softwares I installed

Most of them are here in this Link

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Windows Password Dumper

I have made a Windows Password Dumper for my software house. Its 50% complete so far as I have yet to include the brute force and dictionary i made separately. Rainbow attack is yet to be made. This code is also not complete┬á with a few bugs. The Password Dumper is complete 90%, the rest you will find out. I cant upload the complete code when the project will be finished as I don’t own the project, my software house does. Yet there is lot much in it for one who wants to AUDIT the windows passwords.

This software requires Administrative rights to execute. So log in as the system administrator before running it. I have yet to complete the log in process so that a normal user can log in as administrator within the application.

I have only tested on Windows XP. It might work fine on Vista. No clues about Windows 7.

What it Does??

  • Get windows Password Hashes
  • Get Plain text passwords for few accounts
  • The above 2 features on remote PC within the same network

What it will Do when it will be Completed?

  • Run a brute force attack on the password hashes
  • Run a dictionary attack on the password hashes
  • Run a rainbow attack on the password hashes
  • And the most important one ( according to Boss ), a better GUI.

Download

It also require .Net Framework to run. You can download Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 here

MS .Net Famework 2.0

If you want to edit the Password Dumper, you can edit the code using NotePad++ and then run the batch file to compile he code. Before that you have to install MinGW.

MinGW GCC for Windows

Note: This software is made purely for auditing purposes. I hold no responibilty for anything that this software does or any misuse of the software for illegal purposes.

Thanks to the creator of pwdump, pwdump2, pwdump3 and lsadump for open sources.