Bypassing password ?

By tinaclogston ยท 6 replies
Jul 5, 2009
  1. how do you bypass a password on windows xp?
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    For what reason do you need to do this?
  3. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 660

    What exactly are you needing to bypass the password for?

    *Oops SNGX got to it before me :p
  4. tinaclogston

    tinaclogston TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i found a computer by a dumpster. i want to see what's on it.
  5. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 660

  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Windows XP password, not a system board?
    You remove Windows XP... using RegClean or other editor... You cannot bypass it temporarily... you will have to permanently damage WXP, as far as I know...
    Beyond that, we cannot comment about what you want to do on this forum.
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    This has been discussed a number of times.

    If this is Windows XP Home, you can bypass most passwords by booting into safemode (Tap F8 right before the Windows logo appears and choose "Safemode" from the menu). The hidden Administrator account will show up, where you can login (no password required), giving you the ability to reset passwords, create new accounts etc...

    With Home, you can also delete C:\Windows\System32\config\SAM using console recovery mode from an install disc.

    If this is XP Professional, you will need to use a 3rd party program. The one I used to use was loaded as a 3rd party RAID driver during the initial XP install disc setup screen. There are others that work from Windows PE (bootable Windows on a CD) and probably other alternatives. It's very easy to find and I'll leave the ethics up to you, because this information is very, very available.
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