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Solved Administrator username & password

February 5, 2010 at 20:15:06
Specs: Windows XP2000 Professional - Version 5.0.2195, 128MB -?-

Please Help! A friend of mine used my computer and changed my administrator username and password. Unfortunately, he was drunk & now can't remember what he changed them to! Thankfully, he has since stopped drinking, yet still does not remember. I bought my computer at a pawn shop, therefore the software is not registered to me personally. I can no longer install or uninstall programs, etc.- This would be humorous if it weren't such a big problem. What in the world do I need to do to rectify this situation??? Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!

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✔ Best Answer
February 6, 2010 at 19:38:39

The F8 option to get the boot menu needs to occur before the OS normally starts to load. You'll get a white lettering on black, dos-looking screen with several boot options. There may be a second XP user menu that can be activated after that. I'm not sure and am not on the XP machine right now.

It looks like you only have one account with administrative privileges.

I googled "lost password" XP and got several links to some recovery methods. You should probably check them out. I don't have any recommendation on that. They may recommend something in the XP forum. This thread is in the dos forum which is pretty much like an abandoned building nowadays. In the XP forum you'll probably get more input.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.



#1
February 5, 2010 at 21:30:54

Try getting him drunk to the same level of intoxication as he was when he made the changes. Maybe he'll remember then.

Is this an account with administrative priveleges or the main administrator account?

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#2
February 5, 2010 at 22:36:35

To the best of my knowledge (which is admittedly limited), it was the main administrator account. Since he couldn't remember what he changed it to, he set up a "user" account with a different username and password (which I have) with no administrator's priveleges. That is the account I use to work on the computer. This took place so long ago, I don't even remember what the original administrator username and password was! I've just been using the restricted "user" account. There was a period of about 3 years where I was gravely ill and expected to die. Since I was so sick, he handled all my work that needed to be done on the computer. It took 3 years and a completely different Hospital before the doctors were able to diagnose me properly. I can't believe I'm about to tell you this, but at this point, I guess you deserve to know . . . I was finally diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the liver (ironic isn't it?). Now that everybody has stopped drinking, everything is all better, yet this drunken administrator predicament remains. I appreciate any help you can give from the bottom of my sober heart.

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#3
February 5, 2010 at 23:14:02

Well I sure stuck my foot in my mouth on that one.

You can open 'my computer', then 'local disk (C:)', then 'documents and settings' to see what user folders are there. I'm not sure but I think if you change a user name the folder name doesn't change so that may not help if an administrator account has been changed. However there could be more than one account showing there that may have administrative privileges that you can log on to.

Normally you'd have the administrator user and then a separate user account with administrative priviileges that you'd work from so maybe the original administrator account is still untouched.

So try logging onto the administrator account. There's some basic info here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/...

on how to do that and how to recognize an account with privileges.

I don't have the option on mine to switch to the administrator account and have to use F8 when booting to access the menu and choose 'safe mode'. Then the option to boot to administrator shows up.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#4
February 6, 2010 at 17:53:14

Well, I went to "my computer", then "local disk(C)", then "documents and settings" and there I found 4 seperate user account folders: 1.)'all users'~?, 2.)'guest user'~no admin., 3.)'drunk user' ~admin., 4.)'sober user'~no admin. Then, I tried to restart my computer while holding down the "F8" key and I was offered a choice of only 2 accounts: the 'drunk' administrator's account (which I have the username but not the password) or the 'sober' account (which I have both username and password, but it doesn't have admin. priveleges). Of course, the 'drunk' admin. account asked for the password and put me back to square one! I'm not sure why I wasn't offered the 'guest' or 'all users' accounts, but I don't guess it matters since I dont have passwords for either one. I never did see anything about a "safe mode". I'm concerned about becoming a nuisance due to my ignorance (I'm a 'newbie' not a 'noob'). Anyway, embarrassing as it is, I'm still desperate and still greatly appreciate any help I can receive.

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#5
February 6, 2010 at 19:38:39
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The F8 option to get the boot menu needs to occur before the OS normally starts to load. You'll get a white lettering on black, dos-looking screen with several boot options. There may be a second XP user menu that can be activated after that. I'm not sure and am not on the XP machine right now.

It looks like you only have one account with administrative privileges.

I googled "lost password" XP and got several links to some recovery methods. You should probably check them out. I don't have any recommendation on that. They may recommend something in the XP forum. This thread is in the dos forum which is pretty much like an abandoned building nowadays. In the XP forum you'll probably get more input.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#6
February 6, 2010 at 20:32:46

Thank you for all your help (and patience). Your kindness is truly appreciated! So far, folks on this site seem pretty decent. I will follow your suggestions and thank you again for expertise.

Meanwhile, I believe I'll stay Decidedly Celadon


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#7
February 6, 2010 at 21:14:17

You're welcome. Post back if I can help you with anything else. Otherwise, they're pretty good in the XP forum.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#8
March 1, 2010 at 20:15:45

You can search GOOGLE for Hiren Boot CD, burn it to CD and it has a very good and easy active password recovery application. You can reset admin password as well.

Don't worry it is tried and tested


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