Forgot Password When BOOT-UP

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by edmatko, Jan 3, 2002.

  1. edmatko

    edmatko Guest

    A friend of mine had packed his computer up prior to moving and when he set it up at his new place and booted it up.... relaized he forgot the user password. Is there a way around this dilema such as safe-mode or other...... I personaly dont know as I am not familiar with XP, hence; my attempt at finding help for him on the net.

    Please help

    Ed
     
  2. DeepBlade

    DeepBlade Guest

    If there really is no way, then u can try to reinstall xp i guess.. you won't lose any data.. unless it's in the windows directory.
     
  3. Highwind7777

    Highwind7777 Guest

    wait, lemme get this straight. u want us to teach you how to hack windows xp for the administrator password in(I'm assuming) less than half a year? I'll be praying for you.
     
  4. Lonman

    Lonman Bleh!

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    He should have at least two accounts set up on his machine. The "Administrator" and the regular user account. He lost both passwords? I'm pretty sure it's possible, but I don't know how to do it. My advice is ctrl+alt+format.
     
  5. jw50

    jw50 OSNN Senior Addict

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    Booting in safe mode will not get you around the password. He can try booting to the XP CD and do a full install to see if it will overwrite the existing password file. If it doesn't then he will probably have to reformat his hard drive and do a clean install.
     
  6. TomServo

    TomServo Guest

    Is the dirve formatted NTFS or Fat? If its FAT, he can at least boot from a floppy and copy his documents, saved games, favorites, etc off to another drive/media and then re-install clean.
     
  7. chooch

    chooch Guest

    I just posted a reply to almost the same question in Networking.... check it out

    thread name: gay username


    Just remember that by performing the steps listed on the thread it will delete all user accounts that have been created previously.