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Password suddenly stopped working

by qqqq88 / September 22, 2009 11:56 PM PDT

My Vista Home Premium machine normally asks for my password when awakening upon sleep mode. A couple weeks ago, it stopped asking for the password when awakening. Then a couple days ago, it started asking for the password again upon awakening. I put in the password but it strangely didn't work, even though I didn't change the password. I could still get on the guest account.

Then a couple days later the password starting working again. Then a couple days after that it's back to not asking for my password when waking up from sleep mode.

Any ideas as to why this occurred? I want to do what I can to prevent myself from getting locked out of my account again.

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What I use is NTPASSWD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 23, 2009 12:03 AM PDT

I won't write the walkthough here (it's on the internet) but I've never been locked out.

Besides you should have a spare admin account. Your story is one of the many reasons why we keep a spare.

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by qqqq88 / September 24, 2009 2:36 AM PDT

thanks, I think I'm going to create a spare admin account. This is probably a stupid question but should I give it the same password as the other admin account or different password?

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No "s" words here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 24, 2009 3:21 AM PDT
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The only ______ question is the one we didn't ask.

That's up to you. A personal choice. I use a few passwords. Too many in fact but it keeps me on my toes at times. But lucky for us there are tools like NTPASSWD if I ever need it. I've used NTPASSWD on too many machines and it's a winner.

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unlock your computer
by TaraS_WinTeam / September 23, 2009 2:56 AM PDT
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