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Need some help here.

My cousin left me a computer recently since he had to leave for california. It had a junk power supply and a broken processor fan. I fixed those problems and added an extra hard drive and RAM, better DVD drive and an Nvidea graphics car. Everything works fine, my only problem now.. i cant log onto his account. Its got windows XP and i can't figure out to get past his password. He doesn't remember what it is and his profile is the only profile i can log on from. Any hints on what i can do?
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Need some help here.

My cousin left me a computer recently since he had to leave for california. It had a junk power supply and a broken processor fan. I fixed those problems and added an extra hard drive and RAM, better DVD drive and an Nvidea graphics car. Everything works fine, my only problem now.. i cant log onto his account. Its got windows XP and i can't figure out to get past his password. He doesn't remember what it is and his profile is the only profile i can log on from. Any hints on what i can do?
Ok, you are going to have to reset it to null. Or you can use the service called lostpassword(free with the 72 hour option). Here's an URL that gives you many options.
http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_admini...r_password.htm
    
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Is he the admin? cuz you can always log in as administrator without password, most people just make a user and don't bother adding a PW to the admin.
or if it's files you need to get from it you can use the CD-bootable OS; Windows PE.
EDIT: or do as JadeMiner said
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And if you dont need the files... a clean wipe always works well...

Try booting into safe mode as well. That usually goes stright to Admin and you can change passwords from there.
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Well he had the only account on there. I just need to get on there to make a new admin account and delete his.. i dont feel like formatting it
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Well you can always hit Ctrl Alt del twice, type in "administrator" and try that out on the welcome screen. USUALLY the administrator account doesn't have a password.

Or you can try a "safe mode" boot as well, but it'd accomplish the same thing. Once in the admin account, delete the old account, make a new one .
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Well he had the only account on there. I just need to get on there to make a new admin account and delete his.. i dont feel like formatting it
Just use the URL I gave you. I used it yesterday and wiped the old admin password and had full access. ~JadeMiner~
    
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Well lets see, I went to the link.. most of the programs require a CD-R so i can boot them from a disc which i have none of and I'm low on money so I can't buy any. I tried the ctrl/alt/del method and that didnt work. I tried a few other methods and none really worked. Guess I'm SOL, might as well just format it I guess.
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