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Major security problem

By bhavilu2
Jul 29, 2006
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  1. I have dell laptop with XP and it would not accept my password; why would this happen and how can i solve it...My white paper for my summer finals is in there...plz help ....how can i be saved from getting F.....

    cheers
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251

    You dont say if it as a Laptop password , IE one that stops you accessing the laptop in its entirety, or if its an OS based password ,IE one that is needed along with a username, if its an OS based one see here

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?p=309459#post309459

    If its a password for the laptop see this thread

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic50281.html

    Any more help post back.
  3. bhavilu2

    bhavilu2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Password problem

    MY Dell XP pro laptop - my user account password when login screen comes up....asks for password but it won't take my password and prompt for password again and again.... how can i login under my name bhavilu2 and access needed files...pls help....

    hope some one can shed light on my problem.... :)

    cheers
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

    boot into Safe Mode (the F8 key).

    usually, this will get you into the ADMIN account.
    once there, you can go to control->users
    and reset the password.

    IF you get into SAFE MODE and get the desktop w/o another login,
    be sure to set a LOGIN password for the ADMIN account.


    fyi, here's how I do it:

    my limited account has a password eg: abc123menu

    I set the admin password to some prefix-limited-passsword
    eg 404-abc123menu

    the prefix 404- is the sole difference between the account passwords

    (ps: clearly these are all just examples ;) )
  5. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251


    So booting into safe mode takes you straight into the Admin account does it ??? I think not, all it will do is take you to the log on screen in "safe mode", you will still need the admin password or that of another account with admin rights.

    Think about it and try it on your own XP box, if you succeed tell us how.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

    the system should do as you suggest, but
    for a fact, if the admin account has no password (which sadly is the default),
    then you get straight in; did it -done that-- and is which is why I said,
    CHANGE IT!
  7. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251


    So how many systems ship with no password on the admin account?

    You say its the default, I question that, but I concede on the point, my post was based on experience on dells, packard bells and compaq's all of which ship with a passworded admin account.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

    Caveat Emptor!

    I too was SHOCKED to find no password when I went to Safe Mode on my system.
    It is an obvious flaw and so trivial to breach any system configured in this manner.

    again CAVEAT EMPTOR!
  9. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,251



    Is this a brand name system purchased from a retailer , or is it default when the OS is installed, all the time I have installed XP pro I am asked for an admin password, and like I said the systems I have repaired have always had a password set. ?
  10. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,408   +314

    yes I would believe this would be correct and enforced.
    If you don't have the problem, good for you. the object of the post was
    advisory only.

    just take all this as CAUSTIONARY ...
    get your system secured, even SAFE MODE, and you will rest much better :)

    specifically, the experience reported here was a new purchase with a preinstalled system.
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