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XP User Password

by RBGilmore / December 14, 2008 11:18 PM PST

Please help!!

I have a PC that was donated to our church. I plan to upgrade the memory and add some software to give it to a needy family. The problem is there are users set up and I do not have the administrators passwword.

How can I get a users password from this PC?

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Can't but then again this is how I deal with this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 15, 2008 3:59 AM PST
In reply to: XP User Password

While I can't retrieve the passwords I can change the administrator account with NTPASSWD (see google) and log on with that account to change all the other passwords.

Is that good enough? (it's free too.)

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Which Operating System?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 15, 2008 4:08 AM PST
In reply to: XP User Password

If the computer is Windows XP, try restarting the system into Safe Mode.. If there is a hidden "administrator" login and IF the previous owners didn't create a password for that login, then simply select/type "adminstrator", leave the password blank and press the "Enter" key.. If the computer starts in the "administrator" login, you can then create a new admin user, give it an appropriate password, and go from there.

Hope this helps.


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