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Windows 2000 password

by pinkcows / March 28, 2004 12:39 AM PST

On another computer I have a password on my screensaver and a password on my computer for when it restarts. I have windows 2000. Today my screensaver came on and when I went back on the computer and typed in my password it said that I didn't type in the right password. So I did it a few more times and it still didn't work. I've been trying ever since. I checked to make sure that I don't have on caps lock and I don't. I was wondering if there's something that maybe I can type in just so I can get in to change the password or something.
Any help is welcomed


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Re:Windows 2000 password
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2004 1:00 AM PST
In reply to: Windows 2000 password

What you don't want to read, but I must write is that you may have to power off the machine or press that reset button.

If you can log back in, then head to the display properties and hopefully you haven't been infected with a recent worm/virus/pest/malware that changed the password.

If there was a "backdoor", this would be fixed immediately since such a feature would be a security risk.

Best of luck,


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Re:Re:Windows 2000 password
by pinkcows / March 28, 2004 1:56 AM PST

Well, I restarted the system and I can't log back in. I can't log in as administrator either. Well, all I have is administrator, I don't have any other log in names. Also, where does this virus you speak of come from?


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Look at Michael's post. About those accounts.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2004 6:26 AM PST

A common discussion is about Accounts in NT/2000/XP since a danger exists to many that they try to reduce the number of accounts to 1 or don't have a spare Admin capable account. The danger is that some simple malware can change the account you are logged in as, and without a spare admin account, you get locked out. has a (pay) program to get back in if you were unlucky to run with a spare account.

A KNOPPIX CD is handy to access the files you can't lose and back them up. Read

As to whether its a virus, worm or simple malware may never be known, but if you use IE, I'll share a simple link that I can embed in a web link can hold javascript code that can have deleterious effects. I'll share just one line for discussion.

file:javascript:while (true) {"muhaha","file:javascript:while (true)alert'Dr.Evil'","width=600,height=135");}

Why IE allows such code execution in a start run box or an IE URL is beyond my comprehension, but because of this, my advice is to keep the browser at 6.0 and greater and use another browser to avoid being an easy target.

You'll keep an account spare to make repairs easy.

At least there is no sign you've lost files, just logon access.


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Bob, a handy link to pass around...
by Edward ODaniel / March 30, 2004 3:34 AM PST

with Knoppix suggestions is

Helps those who know nothing but the MS Windows world get around and working in Knoppix.

I saved the page in MSIE and added it (and the graphics directory) to the Knoppix ISO so it becomes a clickable link on the initial screen when Knoppix boots for the CDs I have passed on to others (being inherently lazy, it saves me from a lot of "OK, I got it booted but what do I do now?" phone calls).

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Re:Bob, a handy link to pass around... NICE! PLEASE....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 30, 2004 3:44 AM PST
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Re:Windows 2000 password
by Michael Geist / March 28, 2004 1:04 AM PST
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