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suspended7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
Any help appreciated
my daughter has passworded her laptop before going on holiday
and yes.... she has forgotten it
cant get in

is there any way to bypass this or have i got to formatt it
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suspended7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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#1
how old is she?
defo forgotton or not wanting you on it?
i wouldnt allow my kids to password a laptop, uh huh, nooo way.
hope you sort it
#2
Is this a Windows password or bios password (asks for when you power on)? If it's a Windows password, which version of Windows is it?

John
suspended#3
she is 16 and didnt want her older sister usin it spite rather than hiding anything
She is gutted she cant get on
suspended#4
its is windows xp yes windows password
Thanks
#5
chellemtd
she is 16 and didnt want her older sister usin it spite rather than hiding anything
She is gutted she cant get on


like I said I do hope you sort it and soz i havnt been able to help, just fills me with fear kids (or even young impressionable teens for that matter) having free reign and also being able to hide things.

I speak from personal experience and I thought I was vigilant, thats all why i asked :)
#6
chellemtd;5943783
its is windows xp yes windows password
Thanks

Ok, power the machine up and immediately start tapping the F8 key (not quickly, once a second or so) - instead of loading windows your machine should bring up a list of boot options, one of which is safe mode. Choose this and when you're asked for the username and password, enter 'administrator' and leave the password blank. This should let you into the system as an administrator and reset the password for the account that your daughter can't get into.

John
#7
To reset the Windows XP password via a repair install:

- Insert the original Windows XP CD
- On the Setup screen press F8 to accept the licence and go to the Repair screen
- You will be given the option to repair if Windows is damaged. At this point press R to start repairing.
- After files are copied, the PC will reboot. After a reboot you will see Windows installing devices. At this point press SHIFT and F10 and you will be taken to a DOS prompt.
- Enter NUSRMGR.CPL and press ENTER and you will have access to the User Accounts. From the User Account, change the password.
- Type EXIT to exit the command prompt and allow Windows to finish the repair.
- After restarting Windows following a repair, make sure you update the Windows system files again since a repair install will restore Windows to a state prior to the updates.
#8
ElliottC;5943883
To reset the Windows XP password via a repair install:

- Insert the original Windows XP CD
- On the Setup screen press F8 to accept the licence and go to the Repair screen
- You will be given the option to repair if Windows is damaged. At this point press R to start repairing.
- After files are copied, the PC will reboot. After a reboot you will see Windows installing devices. At this point press SHIFT and F10 and you will be taken to a DOS prompt.
- Enter NUSRMGR.CPL and press ENTER and you will have access to the User Accounts. From the User Account, change the password.
- Type EXIT to exit the command prompt and allow Windows to finish the repair.
- After restarting Windows following a repair, make sure you update the Windows system files again since a repair install will restore Windows to a state prior to the updates.


There's no need for a repair install - XP home passwords can normally be reset through safe mode but failing that it's easy enough to do through a boot tool from CD/USB.

John
#9
yep was going to suggest the boot tool cd
#10
Johnmcl7
There's no need for a repair install - XP home passwords can normally be reset through safe mode but failing that it's easy enough to do through a boot tool from CD/USB.

John


Yes quite right so long as the account that requires resetting is a non-administrator account.
#11
ElliottC;5943970
Yes quite right so long as the account that requires resetting is a non-administrator account.


No, administrator accounts can reset other administrator accounts as well as access their files.

John
banned#12
Johnmcl7
Ok, power the machine up and immediately start tapping the F8 key (not quickly, once a second or so) - instead of loading windows your machine should bring up a list of boot options, one of which is safe mode. Choose this and when you're asked for the username and password, enter 'administrator' and leave the password blank. This should let you into the system as an administrator and reset the password for the account that your daughter can't get into.

John

::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::santa:
#13
Johnmcl7
No, administrator accounts can reset other administrator accounts.

John


I'll have to try it. It appears that I may well have been mistaken. Thanks for that.
suspended#14
f8 doesnt help goes to safemode then asks for password as b4

dont have disk didnt get one with laptop

thanks for all yr help
#15
chellemtd
f8 doesnt help goes to safemode then asks for password as b4

dont have disk didnt get one with laptop

thanks for all yr help


On the screen where you are asked the password, you can press CTRL, ALT and DELETE twice to switch accounts to the Administrator account but if that fails then the repair install option is the only other way I know as that allows admninistrator accounts to be changed too.
#16
Google for Ophcrack...

That might help you
#17
chellemtd;5944204
f8 doesnt help goes to safemode then asks for password as b4

dont have disk didnt get one with laptop

thanks for all yr help


You need to change the username to administrator, leave the password field blank and hit ok - you should be able to log in with that account as it's there by default on all XP machines.

You don't need to do a repair install to fix this (and I would strongly recommend against it), there are bootable tools that can do it although they may not be particularly easy to use.

John
suspended#18
thanx for your help but it is not asking me for username just going straight to password
#19
chellemtd
thanx for your help but it is not asking me for username just going straight to password


Press CTRL, ALT and DELETE twice and you will be able to enter as Administrator.
#20
michelleleemoo
like I said I do hope you sort it and soz i havnt been able to help, just fills me with fear kids (or even young impressionable teens for that matter) having free reign and also being able to hide things.

I speak from personal experience and I thought I was vigilant, thats all why i asked :)


Kids need some privacy and putting a password on a laptop is hardly a serious crime. I can only assume you don't have teenage children. If you do and you can't trust them that far, then I feel really sorry for them.

The more constraints you try to impose on your children, the more likely they are to do something seriously stupid eventually and be too frightened to tell you until it's too late for you to do anything about it.
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Hi,

I have a windows password resetter CD. If you get stuck PM me and I'll send you a copy. If you have access to another PC, you can download it and burn it from:

http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/bootdisk.html

You need to boot from the CD then follow the instructions. Looks complicated but it isnt. I can take you step by step though it if you want. Make sure you select to BLANK the password as its not that good at changing passwords if SP2 or above are on. Amazing tool, never failed for me. I work in IT and this is what we always use to get into Windows when the password is unknown. Only takes a minute to do as well (unlike Ophcrack which can take forever if its a complicated password to crack).

Sin
#22
They have a pretty good walkthough on their site now:

http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/walkthrough.html

The most important aspect to bear in mind is that it's nowhere near as complicated as it looks, the options are relatively simple.

John
#23
Ooh... never noticed that. Most of the options you simply need to press as the defaults are already correct. :thumbsup:

Johnmcl7
They have a pretty good walkthough on their site now:

http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/walkthrough.html

The most important aspect to bear in mind is that it's nowhere near as complicated as it looks, the options are relatively simple.

John
#24
They didn't have it before as far as I'm aware and it's great to see they've added it, as you say most of it is just hit return however it does throw up a lot of text which can make it look worse than it is.

John
#25
When it's all done, make sure you set up an Admin account, so that you can sort these things out in future!
Good Luck!
#26
I know this wasn't the question, but can you not contact your daughter and ask? I'm guessing "I forgot" means "leave it alone"

Frankly, what reaction are you expecting when she gets back to find you've compromised her machine? I would not expect a positive one.
#27
tony_s1
Kids need some privacy and putting a password on a laptop is hardly a serious crime. I can only assume you don't have teenage children. If you do and you can't trust them that far, then I feel really sorry for them.

The more constraints you try to impose on your children, the more likely they are to do something seriously stupid eventually and be too frightened to tell you until it's too late for you to do anything about it.


please dont feel sorry for them, I do have a teenager in actual fact and its not my teenager I dont trust its the dirty disgusting *******s that prowl the internet looking for gratification through my child! each to their own and whatever works for you but if you'd have been through what ive been through then you most certainly would not allow yr child to have a password.

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