I realy screwed up my computer

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Leah, Nov 27, 2003.

  1. Leah

    Leah Guest

    dear who ever may answer this question I am the
    administrator of Windows XP and i have forgotten my
    password so i cannot gte onto my compter i do have
    another person using the computer but their account is
    limited. I was just wondering if there is a way to get my
    password back seeing as I didn't put a hint is there a
    way to reboot Windows XP?


    - Leah
     
    Leah, Nov 27, 2003
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  2. Leah,

    If you can remember the actual Administrator account password, then you can
    boot into Safe Mode and access the account in that manner. If you use the
    Administrator account, then you will need to format the computer and
    reinstall Windows. This is part of the security within Windows. Thanks.
     
    Andy Vanosdale [MCE MVP], Nov 27, 2003
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  3. Leah

    Guest Guest

    I know that but I am the admistrator if it is possible
    may u please send you reply to my hotmail? may you please
    tell me step by step instructions

     
    Guest, Nov 27, 2003
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  4. Leah

    JW Guest

    By posting your email address you just enabled a lot of Spam farmers to add
    you to their lists. If you don't know how to reformat your disk and
    reinstall everyting from scratch I suggest you go to Help then enter
    reformat or reinstall.
     
    JW, Nov 28, 2003
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  5. Leah

    Guest Guest

    user no need for a passwor mabe you could find the rest
    by your self
     
    Guest, Nov 28, 2003
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  6. Leah

    Jason Tsang Guest

    You won't be able to get the original password back.

    You can reset the password (EFS-encrypted files, personal certificates and
    stored passwords for Websites or network resources, you will lose access to
    that).

    See here for details
    http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/editor.html
     
    Jason Tsang, Nov 28, 2003
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  7. Leah

    Tom Guest

    Jason,

    Well, there is always the LOPHT option...
    She has physical access to the machine, so she ought to be able to get the
    SAM file through NTFSDOS or by slapping the HD in another NT/2K/XP box.
    Run the recovery app overnight and you ought to have the password by morning
    unless you used a really difficult set of characters. Even then, when
    working on one account, I can't imagine it running over a couple days.

    That's probably what any decent shop would do as first attempt at password
    recovery.

    Um, also, did anybody ask if she has XP Home? If so, she may be "an"
    administrator, but unless she runs in safe mode, she isn't "administrator".
    (XP Pro can run in normal mode as "Administrator", XP Home cannot)

    If you have XP Home, reboot in Safe Mode, change how users log in to use the
    dialog box vs. buttons so you can log in as "Administrator". Unless you
    specifically set a password for "Administrator" when you installed XP Home,
    the password is blank by default.
     
    Tom, Nov 28, 2003
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  8. "I know that but I am the admistrator"
    Usually an Administrator remembers his password.
     
    Jim Who threw that chicken at me Jackson, Nov 28, 2003
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  9. I did ask... I didn't get a response that said either way...
     
    Andy Vanosdale [MCE MVP], Nov 28, 2003
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  10. Leah

    Leah Guest

    How do you gte to LOPHT option may you please put it step
    by step im only a child. And yes by Dephult it was blank
    i added a password so people couldn't see my files.
     
    Leah, Nov 30, 2003
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  11. Leah

    Tom Guest

    Too complicated to tell all the steps here.

    Go find the app. Try Google. You need to do your research and you'll learn
    something along the way.

    Download and install. You may need to put it on another machine.

    You need to copy one file from the XP machine.

    Put it on the PC with LOPHT on it.

    Run the program and wait.

    Voila!
     
    Tom, Nov 30, 2003
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  12. Leah

    Guest Guest

     
    Guest, Nov 30, 2003
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  13. Leah

    Lloyd Guest

    Use a program like "Passware"
    Create an XP Boot floopy disk using another computer
    onto which Passware is installed.
    With physical access to the locked XP system,
    use the boot disk to reset the local admin password
    to the default Passware assigns it.

    Login and use the password.

    The entire process takes a few seconds.

    Good Luck
     
    Lloyd, Nov 30, 2003
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