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Lost User account password . . .

by wc_privateer / September 18, 2004 11:09 AM PDT

I have a friend whose User account password no longer works, is there any way to reset it or deactivate it?
There are no other User accounts set up on this computer. Running Windows XP Home.
Thanks in advance.

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Try the Administrator account. Here's how.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2004 11:19 AM PDT

In short, boot SAFE MODE and use the Administrator account. Most were set to a blank password and with that you can use the control panel to set a new password for that account.

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and while you are doing as Bob has said ...
by AussiePete / September 18, 2004 6:33 PM PDT

look at setting up a "secure logon" - helps fraught Trojan horses and viruses - to learn how to do it in "help & support centre" type "secure logon" in the search box - its a hassle having to type ctrl+alt+del every time you logon but with all the bugs around well worth it.

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''No longer works'' or forgotten?
by Cursorcowboy / September 18, 2004 11:04 PM PDT

Create and Use a Password Reset Disk which is used only to reset the password on a computer for which it was prepared, [Q305478].

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Tried that!
by RickG / September 25, 2005 1:04 AM PDT

Of course the system does not wan to recognize a CD as a removable drive so it balks because I don't have a floppy drive.

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Tried that!
by RickG / September 25, 2005 1:05 AM PDT

Of course the system does not want to recognize a CD as a removable drive so it balks because I don't have a floppy drive.

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(NT) (NT) It will work to a USB flash drive.
by Michael Geist / September 25, 2005 2:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Tried that!
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