View Full Version : Anyone know how to bypass XP pro password?
12-21-2002, 07:16 PM
I recently set a password for my other Xp Pro machine. I know I am typing it in right, but it won't let me in. Is there anyway at all to bypass this? I guess you can only do it through safe mode with XP Home. Unfortunately it is the Admin password and the only account on the machine.
12-21-2002, 07:55 PM
Is it "the" admin password...as in "administrator" or is it your name or some other name other than administrator? If it's not THE admin, password...
...shouldn't you be able to cntrl-art-dlt, enter "administrator" and a blank password?
12-22-2002, 01:06 AM
if it is the "Administrator" account and it has a password and its the only account, you are pretty much SOL. there are ways to do it, and to my knowledge there are no ways to do it which are free unless you prepared for it and created a recovery key in advance. most people dont do this. there are paid services and software which can do this like this (http://www.lostpassword.com/windows-xp-2000-nt.htm). so unless you reaaally need it, it would be a better idea to format and reinstall
12-22-2002, 06:59 PM
Thanks for the replies. I actually forgot that the account I locked was not the main Administrator, but one that had administrator rights. Sometimes I have another account, sometimes I just use the Admin. I was able to go into the Administrator accound (no password) and blank the password for the other account.
Anyways.. I did find a free program that will fix the problem if it had been my only account. Check it out:
I used this program on a laptop for our department. We bought it with a DVD/CDRW drive, but IT loaded a standard image onto it with no DVD/CDRW software. They wouldn't put it on cause they love thier crashproof images and thought it would wreck it. They wouldn't give me admin rights because it's policy not to.
12-24-2002, 10:58 AM
If this happens in the future, you might try this program:
Linux Password Reset (http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/bootdisk.html)
It's a set of linux boot disks that support ntfs and can reset any password on a windows machine. I have used it on both NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 Server. I have not tested it under XP, but it MIGHT work. (It might also totally trash it as well!)
Just make sure to read all the docs before using it. It isn't that user friendly. As a Network/Sys admin, I make sure to always have a copy of this with me.
Duh! Never mind. Guess I should read the entire post before replying. Didn't even notice you already found this progam.
12-27-2002, 03:45 AM
great site guys.. thanks.. I'll try it when I get back to my t1 connection..
01-05-2003, 11:11 AM
Thanks for the link Speedfreak, very nice!
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