I reset my administrator password, using safe mode, and now all of the users won't show up under the control panel so that I can delete some of them. What did I do wrong? Also when we power on normally, the administrator password is not on there, I have to redo it under the safe mode.
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This is almost as bad a lost password, because of the limitations.
Lost Windows password:
Login as Administrator. Try with no password (load safe mode if you don't see Administrator). Press F8 during boot to access Safe Mode.
Login as other user (if other user is available) and manage users. Must be an administrator.
Use 3rd party software to remove password. Like http://www.top-password.com/reset-windows-password.html GUI interface. There is a free boot CD called Hirens Hiren's BootCD. This one command prompt only.
1) Go to Control Panel on the start menu.
2) Double click on User Accounts.
3) Then under the Pick a Task heading select Change the way users log on or off.
4) Tick the box next to Use the Welcome screen.
5) Then click apply. Password or not when your computer starts up it will take you to the welcome screen where the user can select which account they want to log into.
You can reset any user password by logging in using the Administrator account through Safe Mode. In Windows XP Home you cannot log into the Administrator account in normal mode.
When your computer is starting up, hold down the F8 key. This will bring you to a black screen with white text. Use the arrow keys to highlight "Safe Mode" and then hit enter. This will boot the computer into Safe Mode, which will look normal except the resolution will be very low. Log in as the Administrator (should have a blank password). Once logged in, open the Control Panel, then User accounts, then reset the password or whatever user you want. Reboot the machine to get back into normal mode.
Windows 7 ?
you can try some password recovery tools ,I used one called windows password recovery tool 3.0. It successfully set my vista password to blank in minutes. I download it from http://www.windowspasswordsrecovery.com
Yes, there is a way to access your locked computer without re-installing OS. Try using this password recovery software tool as it helps to reset your lost Windows Administrator login password easily. Fully compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP etc operation system, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit. Should help you get rid of your problem. Regards.
As far as I know , there are two main methods to solve the windows password problem as follows: 1st Method: Start system and when you see Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press ctrl+alt+del keys twice and it'll show Classic Login box. Now type Administrator (without quotes) in Username and leave Password field blank. Now press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows. Now you can reset your account password from Control Panel - User Accounts. Same thing can be done using Safe Mode. In Safe Mode Windows will show this in-built Administrator account in Login screen. 2th Method: Windows password Recovery Tool software: for example:Windows Password Recovery It is easy and convenient to use.
Most XP machines have a built in administrator account that normally does not have a password.
You can try pressing F8 before Windows starts up to go into the XP bootup menu.
Choose Safe mode
Once into safe mode you should either see an 'Administrator' account listed, or just type in Administrator and do not type a password. If that works, go to Start-->Control Panel-->User Accounts. From there you can create a new user account for you to use with administrative privileges.
If that doesn't work, try downloading a password reset utility, such as the one at http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
Yes, when you switch the laptop on hold down the F8 key until you see a black screen with a list of white text, one of the options will be "Safe Mode", use the arrow keys to highlight safe mode (just safe mode, not safe mode with anything) and press return. The computer will start to the welcome screen and you will see a user-name you don't normally see called "Administrator". Click on Administrator and you will find it is not password protected (in spite of the fact that the Administrator account has more access to the system than any other account!) when the administrator profile loads it will ask you if you want to continue in safe mode and you do. click start, click control panel and click on users and groups now click on your son's user account and click remove password. now click back, click on the Administrator account and click change password, the old password should be left blank and you're new Administrator password should be something at least 7 letters, numbers and special characters (!@£$%^&*) long that you can remember.
Now just restart and let it start up normally, once loaded advise your son to set a password he can remember or at least write down somewhere safe.