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thewolfe

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Administrator's password

I was just given a Gateway E3600 running XP through a third party so I don't have any prior info except what's on the computer.

Before I go to far customizing it I want to make sure I will have Admin rights down the road if I need them.

Can I find out if there is an Admin password and if so what it is so I can change it?
 
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We can't help with deleting or finding out an Admin password, but if you have an account to log into try right-clicking My Computer, clicking manage, then going to users and groups. Right-clicking any user and clicking properties will show what groups it is a member of

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Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.
 
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Also, just try logging in as Owner or Administrator without a password. It could well be blank, but I can't really go any further than that without probably breaking the rules myself :D
 

thewolfe

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I just went in to the Admin user and clicked "password" and it allowed me to add a password w/o typing in a previous one and confirming it.

Did I just answer my own question.
 
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I figure you did

go to Computer management (right click my computer-manage)
local users and groups
right click the user you logged in as
go to properties
go to member of tab

if Administrators shows up, it's an administrative user
 
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You could try booting in safe mode and removing the password that way. Or have I got it wrong?

There's always £$"!*& too.

Edited for naughty stuff!!
 
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JStergis said:
Except we can't speak of those ways :eek:
OOps.I didn't think that it would be an issue, sorry.:eek:

I've edited my post. Sorry again guys.

It didn't occur to me that it would be an issue as we use said software at work to remove PW's in order to test them. Apologies.
 
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I made a similar mistake a while ago, mentioning a somewhat well-known app that will actually get the passwords, and I was yelled at for it, so I'm somewhat careful. :) Don't think anyone would complain about the safe mode approach, it was the other one.
 
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One thing I am wondering about is, since it is typically relatively easy to solve just not allowed to post, are we allowed to send the person an e-mail and help them solve their problem on our own.
 
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JStergis said:
I made a similar mistake a while ago, mentioning a somewhat well-known app that will actually get the passwords, and I was yelled at for it, so I'm somewhat careful. :) Don't think anyone would complain about the safe mode approach, it was the other one.
Cheers for the heads up.(y)
 
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Bob Cerelli said:
One thing I am wondering about is, since it is typically relatively easy to solve just not allowed to post, are we allowed to send the person an e-mail and help them solve their problem on our own.
I figure then it's out of TSG's hands so they really can't do anything about it. PM might be another thing, though.
 
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Yep, that would be another option as well. Since the rules have only recently changed, perhaps an admin or moderator will be reading this thread and help clarify it for us.
 

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Obviously Bob, we can't stop you from circumventing the rules the rules here. Of course, as a long time member here, I'd have expected to keep your "helpful" suggestions to yourself. :rolleyes:
 
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