Windows login not possible due to password

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Microsoft Windows XP
Windows administration
Windows Security
I am using Windows XP. I have always been able to login just hitting enter after the User name came up. The password was just enter. I fiddled around in the admin category, rebooted the computer and am being asked for the old password and to create the new password including a confirmation. When I hit enter for the old password I get the message that I do not have permission to change the password. Of course I can not do anything with that computer until the password is changed. How do I continue?

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Dell Inspirion

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1. Restart the computer, and then press the F8 key during startup until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears.
2. On the Windows Advanced Options menu, use the arrow keys to select Safe Mode, and then press ENTER.
3. Select Microsoft Windows XP edition, and then press ENTER.

Note In this step, edition represents the correct Windows edition.

4. On the To begin, click your user name screen, click Administrator, and then type the administrator password. (If the password is empty just press enter key)
5. Press ENTER, and then click Yes.
2. Reset the password.
1. Click Start and then click Run.
2. Type control userpasswords2, and then click OK. (or from control>users)
3. Click the name of the user account that you want to reset the password for.
4. Click Change the Password, and then type a new password.

Note If you do not want to use a password, click Remove password, and then continue to step “e.”
5. Click Change Password.
6. Restart the computer, and then try to log on to Windows XP again.

I hope this trick ‘ll work, if not then you have to download password reset disk or create your own.

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  • George1962
    I went into Administrative Tools, Computer Management, probably users/user groups since I wanted to add a password. I was asked if I wanted to change the password every so often which I denied, yet I do not beleive to ever instate a password. At this point I want to use the computer and am asked for the old password which I do not know (since I may have changed it from enter to something new) and to create a new password since too much time has elapsed (which I can not understand either)
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  • Dlwick
    There is another way that I found out and that is to go into the setup F2 on boot and then set the date time before you bought the computer. Then reboot and teh PC will boot normal and you can log on and then it will allow you to go into the administrator side and reset the passowrd and all accounts. Big security hole if there is no password set for the setup.
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  • Dollar
    IS it possible to change the password using guest account????
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  • SmallSwallow
    Passwords. Those ubiquitious alpha-numeric codes that protect us and give us access to everything digital. Unfortunately, passwords can be confusing because, though your computer likely won't forget a password, you very well might. When this happens, you can be locked out from your whole system, as in the case of the Windows XP Administrator Password. This article will show you how to remove an Administrator password. Instructions: Insert your Windows XP CD into your CD drive and boot your computer. If you receive the message "press any key to boot from CD," press any key. Step 2 Press Enter to setup Windows. After accepting the license agreement, you wil be asked if you want start a Repair process. Step 3 Press R to begin the Repair process. Setup will now check your disks and then start copying files, which can take several minutes. After this, reboot. Let the computer boot normally (do not press a key to boot from CD). Step 4 Keep your eye on the lower left hand side of the screen. When you see the Installing Devices progress bar, press SHIFT + F10. This will open a command line console.
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  • Ekroth
    What you need is a Windows password reset bootdisk. It's a universal password reset utility for Windows 7/2008/Vista/XP/2003. Just burn the iso image to a CD/DVD/USB and reset your lost Windows password instantly.
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