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Solved: How to I uncover a lost password?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by airforceone, Apr 17, 2010.

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  1. airforceone

    airforceone Thread Starter

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    My Dell pc runs Windows XP Home Edition. It used to be my son's computer but he moved out months ago. I am unable to get into it because my son forgot the password. Is there any way to circumvent the system temporarily so that I can log into the pc and assign new passwords to it?
     
  2. TheShooter93

    TheShooter93 Malware Specialist

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    Sorry, TechSupportGuy can't help you with this problem due to rules of the forum. We can't supply "work-arounds" for passwords or anything of that sort due to the possibility of hackers, etc.
     
  3. aka Brett

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    As said above the site isnt allowed to work around passwords.
    There is a hint feature for the password at the log in screen...maybe that can jog his memory.
     
  4. airforceone

    airforceone Thread Starter

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    that's cool. I understand why it isn't allowed.

    thanks anyway.
     
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    How'dIdoThat is good at Google searches, but I highly doubt that article will actually solve your problem. Most people don't actually create a password recovery disk. If you had one, I doubt you'd be asking for help here. The other suggestion is to log on with another account and change the password. Kind of difficult if you don't know any account passwords.
     
  8. airforceone

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    Thanks DH -

    But this computer only had one account set up. Big bummer for me.

    - AF1
     
  9. TheOutcaste

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    If it's XP Home then it has to have two accounts, the built in Administrator account which can only be accessed from Safe Mode, and an account to be used in normal mode, which is a Computer Administrator account, but is not THE Administrator account.
    The Built in Administrator account will only appear on the Welcome screen in Safe Mode.
    Can't hurt to try method 2 from the MS article. Many people never put a password on the built in Administrator account. Boot to Safe Mode, click on Administrator. If there is no password it will just log in.
     
  10. airforceone

    airforceone Thread Starter

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    Thanks Outcaste - will let u know if this works.
     
  11. flavallee

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    You're probably going to have to do a hard drive format and fresh install of Windows XP.

    What's the 7-character "service tag number" on the sticker of that Dell? A fresh install of Windows XP will likely not install all the device drivers, so you'll need to access the Dell support and software site specific to that computer to obtain them.

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  12. airforceone

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    i was hoping i wouldn't have to format it. i'll try that as a last resort.

    the 7 character tag # is Jw8j561.
     
  13. md2lgyk

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    "XP password recovery." Google it.
     
  14. flavallee

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    According to the Dell site, service tag number JW8J561 is registered to a Dell Dimension 4700 desktop. Here is the Dell support and software site that's specific only to that desktop. I highly suggest that you save this site in your browser favorites/bookmarks list so you can refer to it when needed. The "Drivers & Downloads" section will provide whatever device drivers you may need.

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  15. airforceone

    airforceone Thread Starter

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    Thanks a lot flav!

    I have this information saved!

    Appreciate the link!
     
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