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XP Password Screen - but no password works!!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Greiffel, Jan 23, 2006.

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  1. Greiffel

    Greiffel Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    A few days ago I tried to update my families pc to SP2 so I could get all the updates etc... It seemed to install alright, but then when starting up it gave me some drwatson.exe error which ended up freezing the pc.

    So I did what I thought was safest at the time and that was to go back to a restore point and then maybe try reinstall SP2. BUT, after restoring, windows suddenly showed the password/log on screens.

    I now can't log on as Administrator OR Guest. Nothing works. I've tried EVERY possible password that I could have used in the passed, but nothing works. So now I can't get into the pc at all. I've tried booting up in safe mode and logging in as administrator with a blank password, but that doesn't even work.

    The password hint box doesn't come up either.

    I've read a lot about it online, and it seems the only solution would be to reinstall XP. But would that work as a format and erase some of my files and/or settings? Or would it just be like an upgrade?

    Any help would be HUGELY appreciated. We're getting desperate!

    thanks so much

    Grant
     
  2. Techmonkeys

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    There are ways to break the password, however I am unsure on Techguy's rules for giving this info out as it can be used maliciously.

    If a mod says we cannot give you the info, the only other option is to re-install really.
     
  3. Techmonkeys

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    I take it you have tried administrator with a blank password.
     
  4. Greiffel

    Greiffel Thread Starter

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    yep, tried with blank admin password.

    okay, so maybe we'll wait to see if they allow you to tell me how? thanks
     
  5. Techmonkeys

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    Admins/Mods are we allowed to give this info out?
     
  6. Greiffel

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    Doesn't seem like anyone is paying attention to my post...
    Can you mail/private message me maybe?
    much appreciated man
     
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