finding old password to boot an XP computer

I have been using linksys support to install a wireless network. After that was accomplished, I cannot boot up. I am asked to logon to windows immediately after startup but it will not accept my previous name and password. It appears that I need to get to the desktop in order to change login. How can I get past the login requirement.

**** Note: Please reply to this address,, as I cannot receive on my computer until I can solve the login problem.

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In 5 minutes you can solve this with NTPASSWD.

That is free, and tutorials are on the web.

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Tried Starting In Safe Mode & Using Administrator?

Log in to Safe Mode on the computer and you should see the hidden "Administrator" login. As long as you haven't created a password for "Administrator", then leave the password blank and press "Enter". You should now be able to login and create a new password for your username, or simply create a new username and password.

Hope this helps.


Post was last edited on October 18, 2015 10:38 AM PDT

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