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Solved: Password logs me on, but won't unlock computer after WinKey+L

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Bat66wat6, Jul 24, 2009.

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  1. Bat66wat6

    Bat66wat6 Thread Starter

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    It's the strangest thing. I have just gone through a complete Hard Drive wipe and then installed XP Pro (used to be Home Edition). I have installed all of my software and updated all of the drivers, all seems well.
    Yet my excessively long and complex password (which uses upper and lowercase characters), will not unlock the computer whenever I lock my account (press WinKey+L).
    There is no chance that I am mispelling or mistyping my password because I obviously remember it clearly to be able to login in the first place. My first thought was that it was something to do with the keyboard layout setup in the control panel -> regional language options. I was right at first and set the correct configuration, all of the settings are English - United Kingdom, as I want them to be (i got uk keyboard layout). For example, if I hold down shift and then slide my finger across keys 1-0 I will get:
    !"£$%^&*()

    I also clicked the setting saying the configuration is set across all accounts. So I am pretty darn sure there is nothing wrong to do with the language options.

    As a temporary fix I changed my password so it doesn't use upper/lowercase combinations but only includes normal letters.
    Please could somebody explain what's could be causing this wierd problem.
     
  2. Squashman

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    Are you saying even with a simple password it doesn't work either?
     
  3. Bat66wat6

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    Thank you for replying. I made another thread identical to this one in another area of the forums "Forums -> Operating Systems -> Windows nt/2000/xp", but there was no reply.

    In answer to your question. No, my password remains exactly the same in length and in the usage of keys on the keyboard. The only exception is that the temporary password that works now doesn't involve any use of the shift key. For example, if my password was:

    !"£$

    It would work if I typed it in at the login screen/welcome screen and log me in like any other day. However, if once logged in I used the WinKey + L to lock the computer and then tried to type in the exact same password !"£$ it wouldn't work.
    However, if I shutdown the computer (power button), logged on went to control panel and changed the password to 1234 then locked the computer and tried unlocking it with 1234 it would work fine.

    Do you see my problem? Somehow the computers keyconfiguration/setup changes once I have logged in. I have already done some research and found "Language settings" could have been my problem. But as I said in the first post of the thread I have already changed the keyboard setup to english (u.k) across all accounts, as are all of the other configurable settings to english (u.k).
     
  4. Squashman

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    This looks like the problem you are having.

    What do you have the Default Input Language set to?
     
  5. Bat66wat6

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    Problem solved:)
    You were right! It was the US Keyboard setup that had somehow remained defaulted. After I deleted it, just leaving the U.K keyboard setup my first more complex password (which requires the use of the shift key) worked both to login and to unlock thecomputer after WinKey + L.

    Thanks for your help Squashman:cool:!
    Please could someone "Lock" this thread so no one else posts on it?

    **EDIT**
    Sorry, just noticed the big "Mark Solved" button above the start of the thread:eek:
     
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