Admin password in winxp home
Posted 10 October 2005 - 08:10 PM
Posted 10 October 2005 - 09:56 PM
The answer to that is how comfortable you feel inside your computer.
You will need to clear the cmos, it's usually done by moving a jumper, removing the battery - or both.
If you have specs for your system, your motherboard in specific, I can try to find a picture to show you where the jumper is. It's almost always right by the battery, it's the size of a nickel.
Posted 10 October 2005 - 11:19 PM
Posted 11 October 2005 - 07:18 AM
removing cmos battery clears any bios passwords but definitely will not remove xp logon ones.
Posted 11 October 2005 - 07:41 AM
Thef0rce is correct, the way I read your post, it's the Windows Admin Password that you are having the problem with...flashing the BIOS will not clear that one. I'm not sure if the System File Checker will ask for the password or not , but you might give it a try:
Click Start then Run...type sfc /scannow (Note the space between sfc and /) and press "Enter". You will be asked for your installation cd, so have it handy. Wait for the scan to finish (this might take up to an hour). When it's finished, click Start then Run...type chkdsk /r /f (Again...note the spaces) and reboot when prompted (type Y and press Enter). This will run on boot-up so restart will take a while...be patient.
Posted 11 October 2005 - 10:44 AM
Maybe I was just tired when I read your post.
Were you talking about the one you use to get in windows?
Posted 11 October 2005 - 11:10 AM
if you have xp home you can boot into safe mode by tapping F8 as the computer is starting and choosing 'safe mode' from the list that appears. when the welcome screen shows up you'll see an account called 'admin'. I know some people do password protect this account but it's very easy to miss it because xp setup is not terribly clear about there even being a default admin account. So if this is not password protected, you should be able to login to it.
Edited by Thef0rce, 11 October 2005 - 11:10 AM.
Posted 11 October 2005 - 11:15 AM
Posted 11 October 2005 - 01:09 PM
It is the XP Admin account and I don't know the password (its not my machine fixing it for a friend and he has no idea what the password is either)
Its corrupted so far that safe mode will not load and even if it did I don't have the admin password anyway.
Posted 11 October 2005 - 02:49 PM
Posted 11 October 2005 - 03:30 PM
If no, then on the login screen hit ctrl alt del twice and enter username as Guest and leave the password field blank. If this works let us know. I might have a way to reset xp admin password once you have logged in as a guest or user.
If none of the above works, there might still be a way to recover the password, but it will be long. Depends what you have on the computer and how important it is to you/your friend.
And yes like Thef0rce said, once you are on the welcome/login screen hit ctrl alt del twice and enter the user as Administrator and leave the password field blank. See if this works.
Edited by not_napster, 11 October 2005 - 03:59 PM.
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