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    Forgotten Windows Pasword

    I have a friend with a Windows XP laptop who has forgotten his Windows password and never did create a password reset disk.
    Is there any where to get into the laptop?
    I thought at one time I heard about deleting a particular file would reset or remove the Windows password.

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    Mike,

    Welcome to the lounge as a poster.

    See this article. I use #3 and it works well just read the prompts carefully.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Thanks, I will try this.

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    I go right to option #4, with a Boot CD that I made, with the Password Remover program on it.
    As a computer tech, I use that disk at least once a month, when someone forgets their password.

    Once the password has been removed, you can boot up again into windows without a password and set a new one if you so desire, or just leave it blank.

    I work with NO password at all, but recently I found that I had to put one in, to get another program to work. Then I had to use some registry tweaks, to allow me to bypass the password when booting up my PC. So there IS a password, but I just don't have to use it. Neat!

    The Doctor

    PS: Mike, I wanted to PM you with some additional information that may help you,
    but the forum tells me that you have elected to NOT receive PM's. Your loss!
    Last edited by DrWho; 2012-03-15 at 23:06.
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    Dr Who,

    You could have avoided the registry tweaks with Autologon from Sysinternals. I have it on my laptop with a link in a personal toolbar so that when I hit the road I run it and get the password back, when I'm home I run it again and don't have to bother with a PW again till I "Willie Nelson" again! Give it a look.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    RG, thanks for the link. I've always used the ctrl userpasswords 2 method, but this little utility is quicker, especially for enabling and disabling for a laptop as you state.

    Jerry

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    Thank you RG, but when a customer calls me that they have forgotten their password, or they bought a PC at a yard sale and it's password protected, it's a little late for a program like Autologon. Eh?
    All they want or need is that errant password.....GONE!

    The only path left is to boot into DOS with my Utilities CD and run a program that goes in and deletes the password. Takes about two minutes.
    I know, it's sort of like killing a mouse with a sledge hammer, but hey...... it works, fast and efficient and leaves no blood splatter.

    Using a very similar technique, also with a program on my Utilities CD, I can enter an NTFS drive and change or remove any file in there. The Irremovable file? There ain't no such thing!

    Cheers Mates!
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