Question about Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop
I found your suggestion on FixYa, I found it to be the easiest to follow. The command screen came up and let me put in the password, and then retype the password. But then I got an error message that said Access Denied. Can you help me try to change my password? I changed the password to keep my teenage son off the computer but he is too smart for his own good and got in anyway. Now I can not remember the password I put on the computer.
I am using Windows XP. My son does not know.
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Boot off the Windows disk and select the "Repair your computer" option from the lower left-hand corner.
Follow through until you get to the option to open the Command Prompt, which you'll want to select.
First you'll want to type in the following command to backup the original sticky keys file:
copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\
Then you'll copy the command prompt executable (cmd.exe) over top of the sticky keys executable:
copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
Resetting the Password
Once you get to the login screen, hit the Shift key 5 times, and you'll see an administrator mode command prompt.
Now to reset the password-just type the following command, replacing the username and password with the combination you want:
net user geek MyNewPassword
That's all there is to it. Now you can login.
Of course, you'll probably want to put the original sethc.exe file back, which you can do by rebooting into the installation CD, opening the command prompt, and copying the c:\sethc.exe file back to c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe.
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