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Getting Into Windows Xp Pro Without Password

by boomer32 / January 12, 2006 6:33 AM PST

I have a password to get into windows xp pro. If I were to loose my computer can someone still access my hard drive and pull up my desktop and my files..? If so how? Thanks in advance

Boomer

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YES, it can be done
by retired / January 12, 2006 7:02 AM PST

You can slow someone down a bit by making sure the Hidden Admin account is password protected but other than that no system is really Safe.

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Getting Into Windows Xp Pro Without Password New
by boomer32 / January 12, 2006 7:04 AM PST
In reply to: YES, it can be done

Thanks for you answer so how is this done to slow them down and how can they get in???


Thanks again
Boomer

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OK, no real trade secrets here
by retired / January 12, 2006 7:16 AM PST

So I'll try to explain. Below are two ways to get in if no Hidden admin p/w is assigned. They accomplish the results just a different way to go about it.See the note at the end of #1 to assign a p/w to the hidden admin account.


NOTE: If the hidden admin account (Safe Mode) is password protected you will need that password to use this procedure.

#1

Boot to the sign in screen.

Press CTRL-ALT-DEL

Release

Press CTRL-ALT-DEL

Release

In the box that pops up type Administrator for the User name

leave the password blank and click OK or press Enter.

Windows will boot the hidden admin account.

Open Control Panel---User Accounts.

Open the account you are locked out of.

Click Remove Password//Change password

Close out the open windows and Reboot.

If that is the only account you have windows will boot to your desktop. If there is more than one account just click the previously locked account.

NOTE: If you can break into your computer using this method you may want to make a Password for the Hidden Admin account while in Safe Mode. Jot the P/W down and put it in a safe place in the event you need it again.

#2

Lost password, Change Password or Delete Password on XP User Accounts with Admin or limited Privileges.

This procedure only works if you can enter safe mode thru the hidden Admin Account


1-Boot to Safe Mode by tapping the F8 key while booting

2-Choose safe mode, Press Enter

3-Select operating system, Press Enter

4-Click Administrator Account

5-Windows is running in Safe Mode, Click YES

6-At the Safe Mode Desktop, click, Start, Control Panel

7-Double click User Accounts, Here you can delete accounts, delete/change passwords ETC.

8-When done Close all Windows

9-Restart Computer

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Encryption
by boomer32 / January 12, 2006 12:15 PM PST

Okay how do i encrypt my drive and make where they cant get into it even if they take the drive out??
My system is win xp pro ntfs....

Thanks again all of you have helped me very much!!

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EFS is not the answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2006 12:28 PM PST
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While it will stop the common thief, again a small fee to get into it.

-> More importantly, there are very few that can care for EFS without losing all their files.

Bob

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Here's a way.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2006 7:26 AM PST
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Getting Into Windows Xp Pro Without Password
by jjjonas / January 12, 2006 7:37 PM PST

Unfortunately there are ways for individuals to obtain information from your PC if the user is savvy and determined unless your files were encrypted. I don't think that there are too many people that would be concerned about files unless they knew that you had something to offer on your hard drive.

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