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How to Recover Windows XP Pro Admin. Password

by AS / September 8, 2006 7:20 AM PDT

Hi got a new (used) computer on log in, it is set up
with my user, but I would like to have my password as I am the Administrato of the computer. Is there and way I find it?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2006 7:37 AM PDT

Just type...

XP LOST PASSWORD at It's number one on the list.


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Admin Password
by AS / September 8, 2006 8:04 AM PDT

Anything else that I can do besides paying to get it?

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Use the free version.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 8, 2006 9:49 AM PDT
In reply to: Admin Password

Petri wrote a nice writeup if one follows the words I noted.

Let me ask. Did you look past item number 1?


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Reading Article
by AS / September 8, 2006 10:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Use the free version.

Yes, I read the whole article and he wrote a nice piece. Perhaps I missed something

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you must access to "command safe code"
by goegoe / September 8, 2006 9:23 PM PDT
In reply to: Admin Password

you must access to "command safe code ", in the situation , you putin "net user your name /123-abcde add ", for example , if your original name is John , so you put in " net user John /123-abced add", 123-abcde is the new password, it means that you use your power to modify your original password forcibly , certainly, I not dare to guarantee that it is feasible for your situation , you may try it .

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by cmmer31 / September 8, 2006 12:15 PM PDT

You can try this if hidden Administrator is not password protected.
Windows XP
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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