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Bypassing log-in window

I inherited a dell laptop from a relative. I'm on a Windows XP system. When I boot the computer, it lists the previous owner's username and asks for her password. The previous owner doesn't remember the password that she used, so I can't bypass this log-in window.

How can I bypass this log-in window and remove all references (administrator, username, password, etc.) to the previous owner from the computer system?

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Try SAFE MODE and log in as the administrator then change the password. (how to use safe mode? Please google that.)

If there is a password on the admin account you can reset it for free with NTPASSWD (google that.)

If NTPASSWD is too hard to use, buy a reset disk at


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Bypassing log-in window

That didn't work. I even went as far as to not set an administrative password. After I reboot the computer, the windows xp logo comes up, and I still get a window asking for the username and password.

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Next up?

NTPASSWD is the next step.

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PS. This is not about remoing the log in window.

NTPASSWD lets us clear the password. All we need to do next is click OK.

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