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    laptop help please

    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

    27 Comments

    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

    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

    Original Poster

    she is 16 and didnt want her older sister usin it spite rather than hiding anything
    She is gutted she cant get on

    Original Poster

    its is windows xp yes windows password
    Thanks

    chellemtd;5943777

    she is 16 and didnt want her older sister usin it spite rather than … she is 16 and didnt want her older sister usin it spite rather than hiding anythingShe 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

    chellemtd;5943783

    its is windows xp yes windows passwordThanks


    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

    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.

    ElliottC;5943883

    To reset the Windows XP password via a repair install:- Insert the … 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

    yep was going to suggest the boot tool cd

    Johnmcl7;5943917

    There's no need for a repair install - XP home passwords can normally be … 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.

    ElliottC;5943970

    Yes quite right so long as the account that requires resetting is a … 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

    Johnmcl7;5943850

    Ok, power the machine up and immediately start tapping the F8 key (not … 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:

    Johnmcl7;5943997

    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.

    Original Poster

    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

    chellemtd;5944204

    f8 doesnt help goes to safemode then asks for password as b4dont have … f8 doesnt help goes to safemode then asks for password as b4dont have disk didnt get one with laptopthanks 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.

    Google for Ophcrack...

    That might help you

    chellemtd;5944204

    f8 doesnt help goes to safemode then asks for password as b4dont have … f8 doesnt help goes to safemode then asks for password as b4dont have disk didnt get one with laptopthanks 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

    Original Poster

    thanx for your help but it is not asking me for username just going straight to password

    chellemtd;5944475

    thanx for your help but it is not asking me for username just going … 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.

    michelleleemoo;5943807

    like I said I do hope you sort it and soz i havnt been able to help, just … 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.

    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:

    home.eunet.no/pno…tml

    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

    They have a pretty good walkthough on their site now:

    home.eunet.no/pno…tml

    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

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

    Johnmcl7;5948448
    They have a pretty good walkthough on their site now:

    home.eunet.no/pno…tml

    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

    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

    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!

    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.

    tony_s1;5944549

    Kids need some privacy and putting a password on a laptop is hardly a … 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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