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    User Account passwords

    My daughter has messed up her computer again, and doesnt remember her password. Unfortunetly I didnt copy the post in here about how to find those passwords, and I also was stupid enough not to set an administrators account up on her computer, nor did I limit her. Now I am going to do both. But back to the password problem. anyone remeber that post. I did a search but didnt find it.
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    Re: User Account passwords

    I suppose this thread should be in the operating system forums, but then again it could be software. So, just for the heck of it, does she run Win XP? I've never dabbled in password "retrieval" and this is quite old, but take a look at the thread at <post:=289,358>post 289,358</post:>, there are a few old links in there. I can't vouch for any of 'em...

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    Re: User Account passwords

    She is running WinXP
    No none of those look familiar. And since I also have an Admin account that leaves me in a pickle. This was something I thought that I could run from either the c prompt or run.
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    Re: User Account passwords

    OK, I'm gonna move this thread to the XP forum, but please let us know if anything in that thread helps. Please be careful and in addition to limiting, you ought to consider making an emergency boot floppy, which just involves copying a few XP boot files to a floppy AFTER you successfully get THIS problem squared away.

    Edited: I couldn't remember the link as I was typing the post, so here it is: Creating a boot disk for an NTFS or FAT partition

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    Re: User Account passwords

    Since you don't specify XP Pro or home, here's the way in for both.....

    All versions of Windows XP include a built in account called 'administrator.' This account has full privileges in XP, and is capable of resetting the passwords for all user accounts. Use of the Administrator account depends on which version of XP you are currently using.

    With XP professional:
    You will have been prompted to create a password for the Administrator account during the installation process. If you have this password recorded, or if you entered a blank password (commonly done, but not a secure idea ), then you can access the Administrator account and reset your forgotten password.
    To login as administrator: From the Welcome screen, press CTRL+ALT+DEL twice to bring up a login window for the administrator account.

    Windows Login Passwords
    Once you are logged in, go to 'startcontrol paneluser accounts' and change the offending password. Note that if you did enter a blank password for the Administrator account, now is a really good time to change it.

    Windows XP Home:
    Windows XP Home does not let you log in with the Administrator account normally. To access it, you must restart the computer in safe mode.
    To enter safe mode: Restart your system. Immediately after the POST screen, press F8 a few times to bring up the XP advanced options menu. Select the 'start Windows XP in safe mode' option.
    Once safe mode has loaded, login with the username 'administrator.' The password is blank by default. You can now change user passwords by going to 'startcontrol paneluser accounts.' Reboot normally when you are done.

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    Re: User Account passwords

    John,
    You do not mention what version of XP, Home or Pro. It is of great help for others to know. However, every XP version has a built in Administrator account.

    The ways to recover from a lost password are:
    -Password hint. (if using Welcome screen) The password hint is specified at the User accounts screen.
    -Password Reset Disk. Allows anyone to use the disk and change the password without knowing the old password.

    How to log on to Windows XP if you forget your password or your password expires

    If one has not made a Reset Disk or specified a Password hint, the way left is to log on as an administrator and change or remove the password for the account in question. Doc has posted a good explanation on how to use the built in Administrator account if there is no other account with admin. credentials.

    However, this will result in that the user have no access to some type of data; encrypted files and e-mail messages, internet passwords. The master key for the account is encrypted with a hash of the (old) password. This is a security measure.

    EFS, Credentials, and Private Keys from Certificates Are Unavailable After a Password Is Reset

    I recommend you to use the Password Reset Disk in the future.

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    Re: User Account passwords

    Problem solved, thanks
    Thanks John
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