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    forgotten password (XP)

    My son was able to figure out the password set up as admin on his XP and first eliminated his account, then changed the admin password several times. Recently he said he clicked on a prompt from Norton to update the system and after the restart his password didn't work. My guess is he just forgot what he changed it to. How can I log into the system to fix this problem? or can I? Thanks in advance

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    Re: forgotten password (XP)

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> First let me say that assistance with password issues is a very sensitive subject. But since the knowledge is public.... take a look here. It might give you some direction.

    If you are successful, change the password to something your son won't figure out and then tell him to stop fooling around with things he doesn't understand. If he does it again, format the hard drive and let him figure out how to fix that himself..
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    Re: forgotten password (XP)

    A much easier solution is to use this offline NT password & Registry Editor, Bootdisk / CD.

    StuartR

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    There is a much easier way built right into win xp.
    1. Place your Windows XP CD in your cd-rom and start your computer (it’s assumed here that your XP CD is bootable – as it should be - and that you have your bios set to boot from CD)

    2. Keep your eye on the screen messages for booting to your cd Typically, it will be “Press any key to boot from cd”

    3. Once you get in, the first screen will indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading files.

    4. When you get to the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to Setup Windows now

    5. The Licensing Agreement comes next - Press F8 to accept it.

    6. The next screen is the Setup screen which gives you the option to do a Repair.

    It should read something like “If one of the following Windows XP installations is damaged, Setup can try to repair it”

    Use the up and down arrow keys to select your XP installation (if you only have one, it should already be selected) and press R to begin the Repair process.

    7. Let the Repair run. Setup will now check your disks and then start copying files which can take several minutes.

    8. Shortly after the Copying Files stage, you will be required to reboot. (this will happen automatically – you will see a progress bar stating “Your computer will reboot in 15 seconds”

    9. During the reboot, do not make the mistake of “pressing any key” to boot from the CD again! Setup will resume automatically with the standard billboard screens and you will notice Installing Windows is highlighted.

    10. Keep your eye on the lower left hand side of the screen and when you see the Installing Devices progress bar, press SHIFT + F10. This is the security hole! A command console will now open up giving you the potential for wide access to your system.

    11. At the prompt, type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. Voila! You have just gained graphical access to your User Accounts in the Control Panel.

    12. Now simply pick the account you need to change and remove or change your password as you prefer. If you want to log on without having to enter your new password, you can type control userpasswords2 at the prompt and choose to log on without being asked for password. After you’ve made your changes close the windows, exit the command box and continue on with the Repair (have your Product key handy).

    13. Once the Repair is done, you will be able to log on with your new password (or without a password if you chose not to use one or if you chose not to be asked for a password). Your programs and personalized settings should remain intact.

    I tested the above on Windows XP Pro with and without SP1 and also used this method in a real situation where someone could not remember their password and it worked like a charm to fix the problem. This security hole allows access to more than just user accounts. You can also access the Registry and Policy Editor, for example. And its gui access with mouse control. Of course, a Product Key will be needed to continue with the Repair after making the changes, but for anyone intent on gaining access to your system, this would be no problem.

    I have used this method several times on different machines and it has worked every time.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DocWatson View Post
    Welcome to Woody's Lounge. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> First let me say that assistance with password issues is a very sensitive subject. But since the knowledge is public.... take a look here. It might give you some direction.

    If you are successful, change the password to something your son won't figure out and then tell him to stop fooling around with things he doesn't understand. If he does it again, format the hard drive and let him figure out how to fix that himself..

    Doc, was reading this thread and clicked on your given link, my firefox said server not found.I'm certain my browser is all ok, you may want to re-check your link
    perhaps.

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    Whoops, never mind Doc, just noticed this was a 2007 thread.

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