Forgotten Windows XP password

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
January 2, 2010 at 02:14:14
Specs: Windows XP
i had set password at logon.i have forget that.
i read your soloution to delete "*.pwl" files
but i am unable to find that files through win search.
one thing that i had set while setiing password administrator docoments private.
please help to disable winxp logon password

See More: Forgotten Windows XP password

Report •


#1
January 2, 2010 at 02:21:05
Can you log into Safe Mode Administrator account?
If so, you can then remove the User password from there

Also note that User password removal is against MS policy and this is the first forum that seems to allow this support ??


Report •

#2
January 2, 2010 at 03:32:35
admin I had only accound by the name of administrator.
which is not accessible due to password.
i have installed an other os. i made search using that os to find *.pwl file so i can logon to my orignal os.
so search is -ve.what should i do now.
can you plz tell me a nearest location of the *.pwl files.


Report •

#3
January 2, 2010 at 03:37:15
It is always suspicious when someone who would need to use their password daily to log on suddenly "forgets" it.

If it is indeed your computer and resetting the password will get you where you need to go then look here: http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
January 2, 2010 at 03:39:59
Microsoft policy about lost or forgotten passwords http://support.microsoft.com/kb/189...

You can use either of these tools to recover your Admin password:

PC Login Now: http://www.pcloginnow.com/
Ophcrack LiveCD: http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/


Report •

#5
January 2, 2010 at 04:36:59
Also note that User password removal is against MS policy and this is the first forum that seems to allow this support ??

Huh? The fact of the matter is actually

1. I know of no such M$ policy against user password removal.
2. I believe this forum does not officially allow or even condone password removal unless the poster have adequately demonstrated legitimate or convincing needs for it.

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


Report •

#6
January 2, 2010 at 04:46:36
1. I linked above already

2. Irrelevant, against MS policy


Report •

#7
January 2, 2010 at 06:19:13
"Also note that User password removal is against MS policy and this is the first forum that seems to allow this support ??"

After looking at the page you linked to, I see nothing to suggest that password removal/recovery is against MS policy, only that their techs won't help you do it. In fact, the following quotes are from that page.

"You can create a password reset disk to gain access to your computer in the case that you forget your password in future."

"Some third-party companies claim to be able to circumvent passwords that have been applied to files and features that Microsoft programs use. For legal reasons, we cannot recommend or endorse any one of these companies. If you want help to break or to reset a password, you can locate and contact a third-party company for this help. You use such third-party products and services at your own risk."

While MS state that (for legal reasons) they do not endorse the use of third-party products, they don't declare their use to be against MS policy. Those same "legal reasons" are also the reason the techs won't help....to protect themselves from being sued by a PC owner, who's password was bypassed with either the help of MS techs, or use of a recommended product.

It'd pay to read a page (and only the words on the page, not your own interpretation of those words), before you link to it.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


Report •

#8
January 2, 2010 at 06:32:42
It is not illegal
It is against MS policy

computing.net can do what they like, but this area remains gray. A best practice would be to stop all support on Admin password removal, but I'm not the staff here.

And I'm happy to post stacks of other password removal tools that may be gray as well, if staff don't seem to mind (strangely)


Report •

#9
January 2, 2010 at 06:35:40
"It is against MS policy"

Please provide a link to this alleged policy (one that actually states what you are claiming).

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


Report •

#10
January 2, 2010 at 06:42:24
Hello old friend Sci-Guy -

Just wanted to bid you Happy New Year !

regards

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


Report •

#11
January 2, 2010 at 06:47:57
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/189...
"Third-party password tools
Some third-party companies claim to be able to circumvent passwords that have been applied to files and features that Microsoft programs use. For legal reasons, we cannot recommend or endorse any one of these companies. If you want help to break or to reset a password, you can locate and contact a third-party company for this help. You use such third-party products and services at your own risk."

I think they mean at computing.net forum's risk !!!


Report •

#12
January 2, 2010 at 08:12:56
I fully agree with Richard59 and I prefer to not help on cracking passwords. If someone is administrator, he's aware of tools to reset passwords, otherwise it always seems like illegal action.

Report •

#13
January 2, 2010 at 08:26:29
How can it be free if you are required to enter a past order number.

No hassles....

http://download.cnet.com/3001-2094_...


Report •

#14
January 2, 2010 at 08:29:24
Here is the policy of this site in its entirety.

http://www.computing.net/disclaimer...


Report •

#15
January 2, 2010 at 11:38:32
BTW, *.pwl files don't exist in Windows XP. That was Windows 95/95 where a five year old child that could read could circumvent the passwords.

Stuart


Report •

#16
January 2, 2010 at 12:01:13
also sounds fishy to me, the poster is trying to access private files and documents on the PC.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


Report •

#17
January 3, 2010 at 06:36:15
I have a Dell PC which comes with a partition on the H.D. to restore your PC to the factory settings ,you lose all of your documents and any thing you have installed since recieving your PC however it does restore your PC back to exactly the way it was when you purchased it . Well I started recieving a stop error and was told by Dell the only way to fix this was to perform a factory restore ! I wasnt to happy however at least this would be an easier operation then a reformat and reinstall of the O/S Well I did set a administrator password when I first recieved the PC from Dell . As luck would have it the place I had hidden the password on a box in my storage container ,my wife had emptied and discarded . I tried for a couple of weeks to find a way to curcumvent the administrator password to no avail ! I ended up having to reformat my hard drive and reinstall my O/S and all my drivers and Windows Updates . The second time I left the password field blank this way I will never forget a non exsistant password. I recomend this option for those who have the PC located it their home and are not storing anything secret like social security #, bank pin #'s etc.
Good Luck Nick

Report •

#18
January 3, 2010 at 07:06:26
The issue here is that the Administrator account was password protected
Your User accounts can be password protected (if you like) But I tend to leave the "Administrator" account not password protected
Most users don't even know they have an "Administrator" account (Generally only seen in Safe Mode)

Report •

#19
January 5, 2010 at 01:36:45
I'm not sure why I got a "-1" on the above post
99% of XP computers I see do not have the Administrator account password protected

Yes it would be safer to password all accounts
Actually it would be even more safer to use a limited user account for normal Windows usage.

There are in fact many security guidelines to effectively protect a user account
The main one being don't use the exact name: "Administrator" as your normal everyday account.

On top of all this I have already quoted Free Ophcrack LiveCD (above) which will show you the Administrator password so as to gain Windows access again

There is obviously no reason to reformat as the previous member stated
That's where the "-1" should have gone ! Not my post.

EDIT

lol I'm up to -12 in this topic (no doubt -100 to come :D )

I stand by my posts. I have implied that giving members access to password removal hacking should be stopped

But I've also said that I'm happy to help members if the forum doesn't mind (obviously not )

This forum must wonder why MS themselves don't just provide a MS password hack (?) Oh that's right, so as to protect the user !

Obviously I'm not here to pick up brownie points
I do notice that my other posts that resolve the issue (ie in this exact thread) don't get +1s

Its as if its a conspiracy :D At least I can work out the number of support staff that "control" this forum!


Report •

#20
January 5, 2010 at 04:29:34
kimsland

I didn't vote on that response but I will state that I have seen administrator accounts without a password become inaccessible because of that. I recommend using a simple to remember password for a home computer.


Report •

#21
January 5, 2010 at 04:52:51
I've set up my kids computers with limited accounts to avoid re-install (re-imaging) Plus to stop program installs etc

I don't see too many Administrator accounts, that have been hidden from Normal Mode (but obviously not hackers) being compromised

I do see many issues where Windows doesn't load etc, but not specifically because of Administrator account fault (ie usually corrupted drivers or malware or just normal Windows system faults)

To avoid being "hacked" yes password protect the Administrator account. But don't use that account as the original member has here. (and then forget the password?)


Report •

#22
January 5, 2010 at 05:22:13
I'm giving myself a +1 for being the only member in this topic to resolve the original issue (other than that old floppy "ntpasswd" program mentioned)

Oh and I edited above in Response Number 19

So ATTEQ UR REHMAN did I help you resolve the issue?
Or did you just format and re-install Windows?

If I did help pls let us all know, if not then just add to the others members negative thoughts here.
(not intended for member OtheHill though, who may respect my posts a little at least)


Report •

#23
January 5, 2010 at 06:00:56
kimsland

The general consensus here at CN is that when something smells fishy then we don't try to aid the person.

Seems like at least once a week someone comes up with another story of why they don't have the BIOS, hard drive or Windows password for "their" laptop.

These people are usually directed to the manufacture of the laptop. If they are legitimate owners they may get some help.


Report •

#24
January 5, 2010 at 06:39:05
kimsland

Try not to allow the Thumb Up/Thumb down vote affect your desire to help others. The so-called vote is purely misleading. It does not reflect the right and wrong of a technically accurate posting. I for one don't care about it. If it is of any condolence, read THIS thread that drew 360 comments in a period of less than 6 mongths over Computing.net new Voting system.

Regards

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


Report •

#25
January 5, 2010 at 06:55:46
Its ironic, the forum I came from I voted we should have such a thing to allow the OP to choose the best answer (especially helpful in longer threads)

Now that I've seen in action, I don't like it

But I thank you and OtheHill for your recent replies
I am calm now :) Thumbs up or down, I couldn't care anymore
I am happy if the OP is happy and resolved


Report •

Ask Question