|I recently encountered a problem where I needed to get into an admin account but didn't know the password.|
You have a few options here, if you have another admin account you can reset the password for the account you need by going to:
Start -> Run -> type in cmd -> press enter
net user then press enter
this comes up with a list of accounts. From here you want to note the account name for the account you need to reset the password for and type:
net user ACCOUNTNAME *
where account name is the name of the account.
If that does not work google nt password reset, its a program you burn to a cd. Pop that cd in and restart the computer, the walkthrough is fairly simple and i believe the site has instructions but there is an option to reset passwords from that cd. This may not work, this didnt work for me but some people were able to get it reset.
There's a trick to resetting passwords by using a windows installation cd.
a) Boot up using windows cd
b) As soon as the option screen comes up press enter
c) It'll give you the EULA and ask you to press f8, go ahead.
d) If this is a proper windows xp cd (not modified version) then it should search through windows installations.
e) When it finds the windows installation (ie. C;\windows\) press R to do a repair
f) I havent had problems doing this but apparently you may lose drivers/data but I have never lost data
g) After the computer restarts once the file copying is done it'll bring up the initial windows installation screen. Watch the bottom left bar for when it says "Installing devices"
h) Press Shift+F10 at this point and youll be able to remove passwords and create admin accounts, etc. Now close that and let the installation finish (it may talk a long time to close this is normal it may seem like it locks up too)
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