Don't know password to log onto Win

March 18, 2007 at 17:55:01
Specs: WindowsXP Professional, ????
My girlfriend got this laptop from someone in her family that didn't use it and now we can't even log on to Windows when we turn the computer on. No one seems to know the password and theres no password reset disk "or anything. Gateway said they can't do anything w/passwords so what could I do? All we can do is turn the computer on/off and shut it down, or type in a guess at the password.PLease help.

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March 18, 2007 at 18:04:21
Ask the "someone in her family" for the password is the easiest solution of all.


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March 18, 2007 at 18:06:26

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March 20, 2007 at 10:23:29
Google chntpw

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March 20, 2007 at 18:01:30
Windows XP
2 ways -
This procedure only works if you can enter safe mode thru the hidden Admin Account

1-Boot to Safe Mode by tapping the F8 key while booting

2-Choose safe mode, Press Enter

3-Select operating system, Press Enter

4-Click Administrator Account

5-Windows is running in Safe Mode, Click YES

6-At the Safe Mode Desktop, click, Start, Control Panel

7-Double click User Accounts, Here you can delete accounts, delete/change passwords ETC.

8-When done Close all Windows

9-Restart Computer To return to Normal Start.

2nd way
Using Start - Run to change Password.

Click on Start-Run, type: CONTROL userpasswords2, then click on OK. When the "User Accounts" window loads, click once on the username you wish to change the password for, then click on the "Reset Password" button. At the next window, type the new password twice, then click on OK and restart the computer. You'll need to use the new password when you access the login to the normal user again.

Restart Computer to return to Normal Start.

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