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Password protection is useless in XP: Home Edition

By starvista9
Feb 16, 2005
  1. I boot my PC in safe mode and dicovered you can remove passwords :(,...talk about a hugh secruity flaw. How can I prevent Safe Mode ? Is it possiable ?

    here is the flaw;
    1. Boot the system using safemode.
    2. Go into control panel.
    3. Go into user accounts.
    4. Pick a user who is an administrator and click on their icon.
    5. Click on remove password.
    6. Reboot the system in normal mode.
    7. Click on the icon of the user who you removed the password.
     
  2. isatippy

    isatippy TS Rookie Posts: 497

    you could have a password before the comp boots. :bounce:
     
  3. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Surely if you set a password for the Administrator account, then there is no problem?

    Turning off 'fast user switching' also helps for the security concious. It means that you have to enter both a username and a password, as the logon screen no longer appears, so clearly, there is no list of users.
     
  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Yes, I would suggest creating a BIOS password. This will not let you get past the computer POST without the password. That will keep people from doing anything with the computer period.
     
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    don't you still have to type in password in safe mode
    xp's I fix do this
     
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