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Need help.

Please keep in that I'm more of a newbie than anything else. I own my computer & thought I was the Administrator but when I go into Task Mgr. It asked for my password which I don't know. A few years ago a friend of a friend came and cleaned the computer or something & used "test" as the owner. How do I find my password?

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Which OS?

In reply to: Need help.

The fix varies with what version windows. Skill helps a little here but mostly on the pocketbook.

For example I use NTPASSWD (see google) which is free but some folk can't make or boot the CD which means they have to use something like

At least it's cheap enough.

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If You Can Install Programs, Then You May Be An Admin...

In reply to: Need help.

If that's the case, have you tried creating a new password for the "Test" user? Try this:

If you're using Windows XP.... Click on Start, select "Run", then type CONTROL userpasswords2, then click on OK. When the "User Accounts" screen loads, then highlight the "Test" user, click on the "Reset Password" button, then create a new password for that user..

If that doesn't work, if you're using Windows XP, try checking to see if the hidden adminstrator password is still blank on your computer.. So, restart the computer into Safe Mode. If you're using a "Welcome" screen, then select the "administrator" username listed there. (If you're not using the Welcome Screen, then type "administrator" in the "username line".) Now leave the "password" line blank and press the "Enter" key.. If the computer starts correctly using the hidden "adminstrator" login, then follow the previous instructions above to use "CONTROL userpasswords2" and change the "Test" user's password.

How To Start In 'Safe Mode'

Hope this helps.


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