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outlaws161
12-19-2004, 13:11
Hey guys i hope that your day is better than mine is so far ;f My problem is that my wife has forgotten her password to logg onto windows xp. Is there a shortcut around this?


This is why we each have our own PC's ;a

modgun
12-19-2004, 14:00
I am on an ME machine so I cant check, but if I recall correctly...
the easiest way would be to log onto one of the other accounts, hopefully there is a non password protected "guest" account or something. Go to the control panel then user accounts, and pick the one you want into, then you should be able to make a new password for her account from the guest account.

Im sure there is another way to do it, maybe boot into safe mode or something. Have you googled it??

Arc Angel
12-19-2004, 14:02
;P Wow! Are you screwed! Try this: Start the computer as you normally would. During the boot process, tap, ‘F8’ repeatedly until you are asked to start the machine in, ‘Safe Mode’. If you’re asked for the password to continue, well, you’re screwed. If you get in, however, immediately go to the control panel and select, ‘User Accounts’. Hopefully you have, at least, two accounts on the machine: ‘Administrator’ and, ‘Your wife’. Choose, ‘Administrator’ and select, ‘Create a password’. If you can’t get into the administrator account, then try to get into your wife’s personal account; and work through it, instead.

I have to wonder, didn't your wife enter a hint under the password entry line in case she forgot? You know; something like, 'Where did you meet your husband?'

This may, or may not solve your problem. Next time, make a, ‘password reset disk’ BEFORE a mistake like this occurs. (Some people tape their password to the bottom of a desk drawer or keep it with their social security card.) Another good trick is to mix up your dog’s name with your driver’s license number: letter/number/letter/number/letter/number (Sequentially, of course.)

The phone number for generic Microsoft Windows Tech Support is, 1.800.936.5700. Good luck! ;Q

R56Pilot
12-19-2004, 14:15
Good news, you're NOT screwed.

http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

It works for XP as well.

Sinister Angel
12-19-2004, 15:57
Originally posted by MCopley
Good news, you're NOT screwed.

http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

It works for XP as well.


Heh, windows is so secure!

Washington,D.C.
12-19-2004, 16:39
http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm

Washington,D.C.
12-19-2004, 16:39
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/kbase/WindowsTips/WindowsXP/AdminTips/Security/RecoverLostWindowsNTAdministratorPassword.html

MikeG22
12-20-2004, 02:24
Originally posted by MCopley
Good news, you're NOT screwed.

http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

It works for XP as well.

This is definitly the way to go. I've used it probably 50 times and never had it not get thru. Good stuff.

ThinkOfTheChildren
12-20-2004, 03:36
Originally posted by MCopley
Good news, you're NOT screwed.

http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

It works for XP as well.
Just as the above posters, I have used this many times on many machines and always had success.

jrny
12-20-2004, 08:50
However, if you have encrypted files or folders, then the data is lost.

N2DFire
12-20-2004, 10:39
What about domain accounts instead of local / workgroup accounts ?

NetNinja
12-20-2004, 12:32
Actually no computer is secure, if someone can physically have access to it.

I have seen my linux buddy hack into a Linux server is less than 60 seconds.

That is why physical security is just as important as network/password security.

outlaws161
12-20-2004, 12:51
I would like to thank you all that responded to my question. I did manage to get in by simply changing the password. Thats funny being that i didnt include and old password. But thanks and she has all her files too.

Sinister Angel
12-20-2004, 15:20
Originally posted by NetNinja
Actually no computer is secure, if someone can physically have access to it.

I have seen my linux buddy hack into a Linux server is less than 60 seconds.

That is why physical security is just as important as network/password security.

Good point about the physical security. I have now demoted myself to the rank of n00b for not thinking that :)

NetNinja
12-20-2004, 17:44
Sinister Angel: Nah sometimes we all get in a hurry and forget the small details.

I do it all the time.

Besides physical security is never talked about.

In my company I am the only person who has access to our Co-Location facility where are servers are being hosted.

I have an envelope with the passwords and combination numbers to my cabinets.

If I am ever fired or I die they have permission to open it.

If they open the envelope it better be for a good reason(i.e. I am fired), otherwise I am changing all the passwords again.

Sinister Angel
12-20-2004, 19:33
Ahh, how nice it would be to be in that position.

I just don't have the time to learn all the **** to really hack it in IT anymore. That's why I'm going to have Spiderweb Enterprises do things other than computer consulting. I might get back into that business, but it's gonna be other people working for me.