Can my password change in XP?

By imxelite ยท 7 replies
Jun 4, 2007
  1. I had my laptop repaired at a shop because of a broken dc jack. Before I gave it to them I put a password on the login to XP. When I received my computer back the password I picked doesn't work now. Is there anyway they could have changed it? I know it's not that I forgot the password.
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Yep, there are loads of ways of changing the password, although chances are they may just have set it to blank or password, they may have needed access to the OS for test purposes I guess.

    Do a google on password change for XP and have a look at the various ways.

  3. imxelite

    imxelite TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    Thanks for your reply but is it that easy for them to change it? I feel a little uneasy about that. Why wouldn't they put that on my order log or tell me that they needed to access it.
  4. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    fairly easy with the correct software.
    The software doesn't usually let you see the password, only the chance to reset it. Usually dos programs. The one i use, has helped me on several occasions.
  5. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Have you asked them whether or not they changed it?

    Like Ididmyc600 said, see if it's blank or "password".
  6. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    Well, if you want to reset your password (from another user account with admin privileges) then here's what you do:

    Go to Start>Run and type mmc

    Go to File, click Add/Remove Snap-In...

    Click Add then select Local Users and Groups

    When the "Choose target machine" window pops up, just leave it at Local Computer and click Finish.

    Close the list of Snap-In's and click OK on the remaining window.

    Now, expand the branch under Local Users and Groups

    Click Users and find your account on the box to the right.
    Right-click the account of which you want to change the password of, and click Set Password...

    Set your password and you're good to go!

    This method is kind of a last-resort password-reset technique, and should only be used when you have no other choice and nothing else works.
  7. imxelite

    imxelite TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    I didn't have time to ask did they change the password as the laptop was just delivered to me this morning. I'll check the recommendations ya'll gave when I get home tonight and give a update on the results.

    Thanks again
  8. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    Before you send a PC to a shop - remove personal data. PC shops need to boot the computers for diagnotics.
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