Cannot Logon, Forgot Password

By wasasa66
Sep 18, 2008
  1. My daughter put a password on her computer she wasnt suppose to. Now we cant figure out what it was. How do I override?? I dont have another copy of windows to overwrite. Please help.:mad:
  2. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    Found these instruction right here on TS. For Win XP(Assuming that this is what's on your daughter's system

    Boot Into SAFE MODE
    1. Click Start, and then click Run.
    2. In the Open box, type the following command, and then click OK: control userpasswords2
    3. Click the user account that you forgot the password for, and then click Reset Password.
    4. Type a new password in both the New password and the Confirm new password boxes, and then click OK.

    Link to thread;
  3. wstevens

    wstevens TS Rookie

    If you have access to another user account with administrator rights, you can use that account to change the password
    of the account that is locked out. You can also use the default Administrator account that is built into Windows XP.

    First you need to boot the system into Safe Mode.
    1.Restart your system.
    2.When you see the blue Dell globe or screen, press the ( F8 ) key about 3 times a second.
    3.You should get the Windows startup menu. Use the (Up or Down) arrow keys to highlight (SafeMode)
    4.Press (Enter) on (Safe Mode), then press (Enter) on (Windows XP).
    5.The system should boot to Safe Mode.

    Once you are at the Account Log on Screen, click on the icon
    for the user account with administrator rights, or click on the icon
    for the administrators account.
    Note: For Home the Administrator account isn't normally shown & in Safe Mode you have to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys twice to show.
    For PRO you can do this in normal mode

    When the system has booted to the desktop, use the following steps to change the accounts password.
    1.Click Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools.
    2.Click Computer Management.
    3.Double click Local Users and Groups, double click the folder Users.
    4.Right click on the account name that is locked out, and click on Set Password.
    5.You may get a warning message about changing the password, simply click proceed.
    6.Leave the New Password box blank, also leave the Confirm Password box blank.
    7.Click OK, and OK again.
    8.Then close all Windows, reboot the system and try to log in.
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