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daves01902

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My friend has a comp with winxp installed. His idiot brother put an administrator password in, and forgot it. Aside from pulling the side panel off and resetting the bios jumper or cmos battery, is there another way to get by the password, or in some way find it in the registry?
I don't want him to have to open up the case, he's not too swift with a screwdriver...
Any help is always appreciated
 

Byteman

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Hi
here is Microsoft page about the problem:


http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q321305

You can change the password in Safe Mode: If the filesystem is not NTFS. You need a bootdisk utility if it is. See the end of the reply.

If there are more than one user account, the Administrator login does not show in Normal mode...it does in Safe Mode.

You must log onto the other account> which also has to be an admin level, all users by default are unless they were created or changed to limited users...



In XP Home
Click Start, click Turn Off Computer, and then click Restart.
After the computer completes the Power On Self Test (POST), press F8, and then click Safe mode.

NOTE: If you have difficulty getting to the Safe mode menu command, press F8 repeatedly after you turn on the computer.
Log on as an Administrator, or with another account that has Administrator permissions.
Click Start, click Settings, click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
Click the Administrator icon.
Click Create a Password or Change my password.
Type a password for the account, and then retype the password to confirm it.
Type a hint to help you remember the password in the event that you forget it.
Click Create Password or Change Password.
This information was taken from the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

This method uses the original XP CD: You actually do have to run the Repair install, you should not lose any files/data, it just reinstalls Windows.

http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/Pub0009/LPMArticle.asp?ID=305

If that does not work, this bootdisk should:

http://sniptools.com/vault/lost-my-windows-xp-password-how-to-recover.htm

Warning- it does not always work and can result in problems.

http://www.pchelplive.com/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=10
 
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