Password problem

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by Decapad, Apr 29, 2010.

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  1. Decapad

    Decapad Registered Member

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    Hello - I was trying to get rid of the XP welcome screen on my Compaq pc - in doing so the guideline I followed got me into some trouble. I put in a password ( one I commonly use) and on reboot it did not recognize it - so I am locked out of the pc. Can I do anything? Thank you! D
     
  2. CloneRanger

    CloneRanger Registered Member

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    Try booting in Safe Mode and then doing a System Restore to a time before you attempted the change.

    You might need to be in Admin to do it.
     
  3. philby

    philby Registered Member

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    XP Home or Pro...? It matters: see here.

    Failing that:

    If it was a simple dictionary type password, the basic-tables Ophcrack live CD might recover it.

    I have also tested this method of resetting your (admin) account password and it worked on both machines I tried.

    You will, of course have to have access to another machine to create the required disk(s)... :)

    HTH

    philby
     
  4. pajenn

    pajenn Registered Member

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    There are programs for resetting Windows password.

    The one I'm familiar with is called Active@ Password Changer. You can use it to create a boot disk (floppy, cd, ...), which lets you change the password. However, it's not free but you could try the demo.

    I also think BartPE or the XPE plugin for it includes a free password changer, however I'm not sure (never used it), plus you would have to build a BartPE rescue disk on another computer.
     
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