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If forgot administrator password, what should I do

by memathomp / May 23, 2006 6:41 PM PDT

What's reliable way to reset, or change admin password without losing data on the hard drive.
Is it possible to repair XP by from XP installation cd, and set new admin password

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No, a reinstall doesn't offer such a reset.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 23, 2006 9:12 PM PDT
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Is this your own Admin password?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 23, 2006 9:21 PM PDT

If so, have you tried the hidden Administrator account that shows in Safe Mode?

That account may not have a password set.

But if you have tried that already, then Bob's suggestions seem the way to go.


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Another way around is..............
by dwalmz / May 24, 2006 5:20 AM PDT

If you have other users who have admistrator status. If so, go into their account and you can then go in and change your password (writing it down of course), logging out, and the re-login into your account. I've done this several times! But only if you have other accounts set up!

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Hidden Admin Account
by conniec13 / May 29, 2006 2:40 PM PDT


Where can I find the hidden admin account in safemode? I just recently did the same thing. I set up a guest account so that a friend could use my computer. I went on vacation for four days and have just returned and can not remember the password I set up for the admin/main account. Frustrating!!! Please let me know how I access the hidden admin account through safe mode.

Thank you!!!

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Safe Mode
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 29, 2006 6:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Hidden Admin Account

Here's a link that shows how to access the Safe Mode options;

Once you're there, use the arrow keys to select Safe Mode, (the first option), then press Enter.

You may or may not have to select your Operating System. If you do, and you only have one, press Enter.

Eventually you will see the normal Welcome Screen, with the hidden Administrator account displayed. Select that.


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Easy way to access hidden administrator account
by pepoluan / June 10, 2009 11:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Hidden Admin Account

On the Welcome screen, press Ctrl-Alt-Del *twice*

Type "administrator" (without quotes) as username, and the password below. (Or try entering a blank password)

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