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Comuter is locked, cannot unlock, cannot turn off, message onscreen says "switch user"

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Error message in windows


Sounds like malware ,download malwarbytes free from cnet (for home user)s,update and do system scan,follow onscreen instructions

Apr 16, 2014 | PC Desktops

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Three simple ways to recover Windows XP password


<p><a><span>This may happen when you attempt to log in to your Windows XP and you realize you lost the password. Just because you can't remember or some hackers had change your password.</SPAN></A><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>It's easy to gain access to Windows after losing user account password. Just simply login as the computer administrator and go to control panel-&gt;user accounts. There you will be able to reset the password for any of the systems user accounts.</SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>Howerver, things will get more tricky if you have <b>lost Windows administrator password</B>. It's a sickening,powerless feeling to be locked out of your own computer though this happens more often,everytime we feel so helpless.What should you do in facing this situation.You have tried everything you could but failed.</SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><a><span>This problem of<b> Windows XP password recovery </B>often troubles most PC users, especially for those who have little computer skills. For this, </SPAN></A><a><span><span>following are three simple ways on how to </SPAN></SPAN></A></SPAN><a href="http://www.lostwindowspassword.com/"><span><span><span><b><span><span> </SPAN>recover Widows XP password</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><span><span><span></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></A><span><span><span><span> to help you login your computer again.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><br><span></SPAN><span></SPAN> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><b><span>Method 1:<span> </SPAN>Login as Safe Mode</SPAN></B></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>Start system and press F8 key when Windows is starting up. Then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt and enter. Choose Administrator,the default password may be blank if you don't set the default administrator password before.Then you will enter into doc Command as following.</SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>Type " net user net user xxx 12345 /add " (xxx is the locked account name and 123456 is the new password set on this account).Then you will see the Command Completed Successfully.</SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><b><span>Method 2: Using A password reset disk</SPAN></B></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>Windows XP and further versions also provide another method to recover forgotten password by using ""Reset Disk"". If you created a Password Reset Disk in past, you can use that disk to</SPAN></SPAN><a href="http://www.lostwindowspassword.com/"><span><b><span> recover Windows XP password</SPAN></B></SPAN><span></SPAN></A><span><span> as follows. </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>Step 1: Start Windows and click your username when you get to the Windows XP logon screen. Type the password wrongly.</SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>Step 2. Press Enter and you will see the error message about "Did you forgot your password?</SPAN></SPAN><span><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: &#23435;&#20307;; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: 'Times New Roman

on Jan 04, 2011 | PC Desktops

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This code worked to hide the folder but it would not unhide it. I tweaked it and...


In an earlier post I had written about how to create an invisible folder. That’s a method to create a merely invisible folder with no real protection.
Now, here we will see how to create a folder that will not just be invisible, but also require a password to reveal it and open it. The best part is that you don’t need any special software to do this. Just plain old Notepad is all that you need.
Here is the code that you need:
cls
@ECHO OFF
title Folder Personal
if EXIST “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” goto UNLOCK
if NOT EXIST Personal goto MDLOCKER
:CONFIRM
echo Are you sure u want to Lock the folder(Y/N)
set/p “cho=>”
if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
if %cho%==y goto LOCK
if %cho%==n goto END
if %cho%==N goto END
echo Invalid choice.
goto CONFIRM
:LOCK
ren Personal “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
attrib +h +s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
echo Folder locked
goto End
:UNLOCK
echo Enter password to Unlock folder
set/p “pass=>”
if NOT %pass%==pwd123 HERE goto FAIL
attrib -h -s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”
ren “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” Personal
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
goto End
:FAIL
echo Invalid password
goto end
:MDLOCKER
md Personal
echo Personal created successfully
goto End
:End
Now here is what you need to do:
Just copy the above code and paste it into Notepad. Save it by giving it any name you choose. Assuming, the file is called secret.txt, change the extension to ‘.bat‘ so that the new name becomes secret.bat. What you get is a batch file. You could actually save one step by saving the file in Notepad directly as secret.bat by enclosing the file name like this: “secret.bat” . This batch file is the one that you need. You can edit this batch file to change the folder name and the password. To change the name of the folder that is created, change the ‘Personal’ (in bold in the above code) to any another name you choose. Likewise change the ‘pwd123′ (in red in the code) to anything else.
Now let’s see how to use it. Place the file in the location where you would like to create your protected folder. Run the batch file by double clicking on it. This will create a folder named Personal in the same location as the batch file. You can now open this folder and place any files in it. Once you are finished, run the batch file again. You will be asked whether you want to lock the folder. Entry ‘Y’ (for Yes) and hit Enter. The folder becomes invisible. To retrieve the folder, run the batch file again. You will be prompted to enter the password. Enter the password, hit enter and voila! the folder appears.
Important: The batch file acts like a key to open the locked folder. So once you have created and locked a folder, do not keep the batch file in the same location since anybody can open the batch file and view your password. So I would suggest that you keep the batch file in a separate and safe place or better still keep it on your pen drive or flash drive. That way when you want to open the folder just copy the batch file to the location where you have your protected folder and run it.
Do remember that the above method is not intended to act as a substitute for the numerous free and commercial softwares that are specifically designed to provide security and encryption to your data.
Update: I got comments saying the code does not work. Of course I did check it before posting it here. But I have identified the problem. The problem is with the straight double quotes used in the code in this post. Once you copy the code you would also need to change each of the double quotes with your keyboard double quotes. That might seem a lot of work for some. So I thought it would be easier to give away the batch file itself. You can download the file here. (Use right-click and ‘Save Target as’ or ‘Save Link as’).

on May 07, 2009 | HP Pavilion a1410n (ER890AA) PC Desktop

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Gateway login


Getting locked out of your Gateway computer can be frustrating, especially when you have school or work deadlines.
You can get locked out of your Gateway computer in cases where a password-protected screensaver became corrupt, or if the you have set the default screensaver to use a screensaver that does not exist.
Gateway computers come with Microsoft Windows XP and 2000, including the professional versions of both.
Knowing how to unlock your a Gateway computer can save you time and irritation.

Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete" keys on your keyboard simultaneously to unlock your Gateway computer.
Type the last logged-on user's login information and click "OK" if you see a locked computer message along with "Only domain/username or an administrator can unlock this computer."
Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete" keys once again when you see the Unlock Computer window disappear.
Log on as usual.
Method 2
Shut down the locked Gateway computer by using the Microsoft Windows Resource Kit Shutdown tool. This tool shuts down and restarts a Windows 2000- or NT 4.0-based Gateway computer. Note the dialog box that comes up called System Shutdown.
Wait for the shutdown timer to run out and see the Welcome to Windows box displayed on the screen.
Press "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete," which unlocks the computer.
Log onto your Gateway computer normally.
Method 3: Backup, Modify and Restore the Registry
Click "Start" and "Run," then type in the command below in the field box exactly as printed:
%SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
Click "Create a Restore Point," then click "Next" on the Welcome to System Restore page that appears.
Type any name for the restore point, then click "Create" on the Create a Restore Point page. Click "Close" after creating the restore point.
Perform this procedure before you make changes to the registry, just in case you make an error; otherwise, incorrect registry changes could create serious problems with your computer.
Click "Yes" if you receive a prompt to turn on System Restore at this point.
Clear the "Turn Off System Restore" check box by clicking on it, then click "OK," and repeat.
Click "Start," then type "regedt32.exe" (without the quotes) in search field box to modify the registry and unlock the computer. Press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.
Locate the scrnsave.exe value under the registry key below:
HKEY_USERS\.Default\Control Panel\Desktop
Click "String" on the Edit menu, type "logon.scr" (without the quotes), then click "OK."
Look for the ScreenSaverIsSecure value, then click "String" on the Edit menu, type "0," then click "OK."
Quit the Registry Editor
Click "Start" and "Run," then type the command below exactly as printed to restore the registry, then click "OK":
%SystemRoot%\System32\Restore\Rstrui.exe
Click "Restore My Computer to an Earlier Time" on the Welcome to System Restore page, then click "Next."
Note your computer may already be selected to restore to an earlier time--in this case, just click "Next."
Click the system checkpoint on the Select a Restore Point page.
Click "Guided Help (Registry Backup)," then click "Next" on the "On This List Select the Restore Point" area.
Click "OK" if you see a System Restore message listing all the configuration changes it will make.
Click "Next" when you come to the Confirm Restore Point Selection page.
System Restore will now restore the Windows XP configuration you had at an earlier time, and then it will restart your Gateway computer.
Log onto your computer as usual, and then click "OK" when you see the System Restore Confirmation page.


Nov 18, 2013 | PC Desktops

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Num lock


If you use the number pad frequently during your daily computer usage, you may want to have the "Num Lock" key enabled when the computer starts up.
You can enable Num Lock automatically in two different ways: one involves modifying a value in the registry and the other requires you to create a small script in Notepad.
Activate Num Lock Through the Registry
Enter the registry and navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard\." Double-click on the value labeled "IntitialKeyboardIndicators," which has a value of 0,1 or 2.
Change the value to "2" to turn Num Lock on after logon, "0" to turn Num Lock off after logon and "1" to disable Num Lock.
Create a Num Lock Script
Configure a script that runs to automatically change the Num Lock state.
Depending on where you place the script, you can activate the script for a single user or all users on the computer. Open Notepad and paste the following code
"set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
WshShell.SendKeys "{NUMLOCK}"
Save the file as "numlock.vbs," including the quotes to change the notepad file to a script.
Paste the file in the directory "Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup" to enable Num Lock for all users by default.
For a single user, copy it to their startup folder instead of All Users.
Enter the BIOS
Enter your computer's BIOS before Windows boots up to change the integrated Num Lock settings.
Depending on your motherboard manufacturer, different key combinations allow you to access the BIOS.
Common keys include "F1," "F2," "Del," "ESC" or "F10."
Consult your computer's documentation for specifics.
Navigate through the basic or advanced options until you find a section dedicated to enable or disable Num Lock on boot.
Enable in Linux
Linux is an alternate operating system.
While the BIOS method may work for Linux, you can also change the process through the options if using KDE Linux.
Navigate to "Control Panel" and click "Peripherals." Select "Keyboard" and select the option "Turn on" under the heading labeled "NumLock on KDE Startup."

How to Set the NUM LOCK State at Logon in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314879

How do I enable the NUM LOCK key for the logon screen
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/154529

May 15, 2013 | Compaq PC Desktops

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How to system unlock a gateway desktop computer



Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete" keys on your keyboard simultaneously to unlock your Gateway computer.

Type the last logged-on user's login information and click "OK" if you see a locked computer message along with "Only domain/username or an administrator can unlock this computer."


Press the "Ctrl," "Alt" and "Delete" keys once again when you see the Unlock Computer window disappear. Log on as usual.

hope this helps

Jul 23, 2012 | Gateway PC Desktops

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OSD LOCKED.


OSD probably refers to on screen display. and since the error message specifically states Windows XP you can eliminate anything that is not running Windows XP as the OS so likely suspect is #1.

May 22, 2012 | Dell GX520 3GHz 2G 400GB SFF XP PC PC...

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My monitor is of AOC " e2043Fsk " . When I try


The OSD can be enabled or disabled by pressing and holding the Menu button on the front panel for 10 seconds. If the OSD is locked, the warning message OSD Lock displays for ten seconds.

* If the OSD is locked, press and hold the Menu button for 10 seconds to unlock the OSD.
* If the OSD is unlocked, press and hold the Menu button for 10 seconds to lock the OSD.

Jan 03, 2011 | ASUS PC Desktops

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Full system recovery


if its windows xp os press hold ctrl + tap F11 as soon as u turn the computer, you will get pc restore options and so press restore.

if it its vista tap F8 as soon as u turn the computer, highlight repair your comuter hit enter, follow the onscreen instructions and in the choose the recovery options click dell factory image restore.

May 01, 2009 | PC Desktops

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