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My computer doesn't recognize my password


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Denisejm

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Hi,

I rebooted my computer about an hour ago but it wouldn't start up. I tried several times. Each time I got to the black screen with the Windows name and scrolling bar, it continued doing that for about 5 minutes, and I'd stop it.

I first tried "Last Best Known Configuration" but it didn't work. I then told it to "Start Normally," but that didn't work either.

I tried to do a repair. I inserted my Windows disk and chose to do a repair. It got to the point when it asked me for my password. My password is my first name, either with a capital D or a d but I previously changed my log-on to not ask me my password each time. When I entered my password, I typed it first with lower case d then D, but neither way worked. :) :)

Is there a way to get around this without having to do a complete reinstall of windows?
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It's asking for the password for the default "Administrator" account, not the password for your account. Windows always prompts for password for the "Administrator" account even when no password has been set. The trick is just to leave it blank if you know you didn't set a password for it.
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I wasn't able to not give it a password. It was at a point with a DOS prompt when it asked me for it and it wouldn't continue without it.

I wrote the first post using my daughter's computer and waited around upstairs to see if I'd get a response. But, after I thought about it, I was actually asking how to get into a computer, any computer, in a manner that can be used by anyone illegally.

So I came back downstairs, thinking that I was going to have to do another complete format. When I got downstairs, my desktop was there. I decided to do a restore to a checkpoint made yesterday and then I rebooted. I still had to wait about 15 minutes for that black screen with Windows on it and the scrolling bar to finish doing what it usually does during that time.

I did another System Restore to last Thursday when I was able to turn my computer on and off and the boot-up/reboot time was less than a few minutes. It still took about 15 minutes to boot up now.

It had starting getting late so I decided to do a format, but I still have the problem . . . it takes about 15 minutes to boot up/reboot. The black window that says "Windows XP x64" has the scroll bar beneath the words and I counted 400+ scrolls of the bar before it booted up. It's the same problem that I had before I formatted it.

I've already installed the mainboard's software, updated drivers and installed Avast. I'm going to Microsoft for their updates next and get the redistributable pack and SP3, and all the other updates.

I then did a ChkDsk. It didn't have an option to generate a report when it was finished. When it finished, the results blinked on screen for about 2 to 3 seconds. When the pc booted up (15 mins later), another message about the ckhdsk appeared and the only word that I saw in the results was "clean."

Does anyone have an idea as to why this is happening?
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