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    Password Help (MS XP Pro)

    Hi All,

    I am looking for some help for my son. He is a Sophmore in college. Like most of his friends, he almost never shuts down his computer so consequently now that he has he can not remember the login password! The Laptop is a Dell Inspirion 9300 with MS XP Pro. It was purchased through the School's Computer store and set up by them. I am reasonably sure that they mentioned that they had set up two accounts, an Administrator account and the one for my son.

    Is there any way to get around the login password with out re-installing the Op. Sys and losing everything he has on his drive?

    Oh, and did I mention that he is in the middle of finals?!

    Thanks to any of you that can help.
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    Re: Password Help (MS XP Pro)

    If you search this forum for lost password, you'll find several threads with suggestions and links, among which:
    How to log on to Windows XP if you forget your password or your password expires (MSKB)
    Administrator and User Passwords in Windows XP (Kelly's Korner)

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    Re: Password Help (MS XP Pro)

    Hi Hans,

    Thanks. I looked at those but they all require knowledge of the administrator password. My son can't remember his password and I believe that the UNH computer folks set up an Administrator account but we don't know that one either.

    Very frustrating as I have told him on a number of occassions that he should be writing this information down somewhere safe but available.

    Hind-sight being what it is he now wishes he had.

    Thanks again for the suggestions.
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    Re: Password Help (MS XP Pro)

    See <post:=609,806>post 609,806</post:>.

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    Re: Password Help (MS XP Pro)

    Has he tried logging on as "administrator" with NO password? Lots of people create the built-in administrator account without password. Worth a shot...

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    Re: Password Help (MS XP Pro)

    Hi Al,

    Thanks for the tip but, of course, nothing can be that simple. As luck would have it, after spending quite a bit of time trying a couple of other processes, one of his classmates came by with a mysterious bit of software that he was able to ues to clear the password out completely. All's well that ends well.

    More importantly, I think my son has learned a lesson regarding the use of passwords and to not be too flip in his treatment of them.

    Thanks again for your help.
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    Re: Password Help (MS XP Pro)

    Hi Hans,

    Thanks for the suggestion. This was one of the procedures that I tried but was unsuccessful with. I was able to make the boot disk CD and get the computer to run it but was unable to get past the first step, Disk Select. It did not or was not able to find any partition. I am not sure if that is because this is a Dell machine and I understand that they do some things to the disks when they set them up for recovery purposes.

    I next tried using the CD process from www.loginrecovery.com. We were able to retrieve the password 'code' so it seemed like it was going to work but their response was not as quick or as good as advertised. We tried several times and ultimately only got back a couple of the password characters. Not enough to jog my son's memory.

    As luck would have it, after spending all this time trying these two processes one of his classmates came by with a mysterious bit of software that he was able to use to clear the password out completely. All's well that ends well.

    For our future reference I received a call back from the head of the University Computer support group and he indicated that they do have a process (similar to the mysterious bit of software that his friend had I think) to retrieve passwords without having to re-install the OS. Good to know for the future.

    Thanks again for your help.
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    Re: Password Help (MS XP Pro)

    For future reference, or just to have on hand for such emergencies.... Login Recovery claims to do just what your son needed, recover his password. It's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and there is a CD as well as a floppy version. HTH.
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