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My friend needs to reset his admin password, because his wife changed it and can not remember what it is. His dad has the XP disc, but lives 300 miles away. I seem to remember you needed a disc to reset it.
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I know you used to be able to reset passwords by resetting the cmos...or i think...maybe that was a long time ago, lol
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Quote:
Originally Posted by funkycasey View Post
I know you used to be able to reset passwords by resetting the cmos...or i think...maybe that was a long time ago, lol
that was for the bios i think he means windows itself?
what version of xp? home or pro?
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Does he have fast user switching and the welcome screen disabled?
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I think he has home xp
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The only user is admin, he never had a login screen b4 "sry 4 the dbl pst"
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post #7 of 20
No, there is only one other user besides the Administrator account. It just automatically logs in with that account

i'm not sure about home, but if you right click on my computer as a local admin and select manage under users and groups select users in the left pane. then right click on administrator in the right pane and choose set password.
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All you have to do is start up the computer to the welcome screen then hit the phiysical reset button the it will say 'windows was improperly shut down"

then it will give you three options start safe mode start safe mode with networking prompt start windows normaly. just hit start safe mode then it will boot up go to control panel and hit remove password and ya done.
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post #9 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by odie View Post
My friend needs to reset his admin password, because his wife changed it and can not remember what it is. His dad has the XP disc, but lives 300 miles away. I seem to remember you needed a disc to reset it.
change the admin password. Talking to the right guy man!

Go to Start menu -> Run -> CMD. Than type: net user youraccount newpassword





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Quote:
Originally Posted by silverwing View Post
All you have to do is start up the computer to the welcome screen then hit the phiysical reset button the it will say 'windows was improperly shut down"

then it will give you three options start safe mode start safe mode with networking prompt start windows normaly. just hit start safe mode then it will boot up go to control panel and hit remove password and ya done.
You don't have to do that, just keep on pressing F8 when you just turn on your computer..
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