Question about Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Is there a default user name and password to get pass the windows log on screen i made one by mistake and didnt realize trying to turn the screen off now it wont let me no further than the log in screen
You can try logging in as administrator. As the computer starts up press 'F8' to get into the boot options and select 'Safe Mode with Networking". Click on the administrator login, the password is blank unless you set one during installation. Once in windows you can modify the user accounts in control panel.
Note: If you have never used "F8" to get to the boot menu before the timing is a bit tricky. If you see the windows logo you are too late. Try pressing "F8" several times instead of just holding it down
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Here is a
simple way to access Windows XP with Administrator rights and privileges if you
have password protected your User account on your Windows XP system and can't
remember the password(s) to login. Whenever Windows XP is installed on a
system, it creates a default account called "Administrator" and by
default this account is not password protected. Therefore, if you bought a
brand name computer (such as Dell, HP, Compaq or Sony)or you have installed
Windows XP yourself. You should be able to login to the computer through theunprotected
You can log on as an administrator to assign a
new password to your account. To do this, try Method 1.
Switch ON the PC, boot the PC in 'Safe Mode' by continuously tapping F8 button
after you switch on until you get the Safe Mode Option.
Let windows boot in Safe Mode and log in to windows.
Click through several self-explanatory
screens until your reach the familiar 'Welcome' screen.
this welcome screen is limited to 256 colors and 640x480 resolution because the
primary graphics will have been set to the Windows Safe Mode software VGA
adapter. You will not be able to change this mode even in Display options,
while Windows is running in Safe Mode.
the icon for the Administrator user. If the default settings of your system haven't
been changed, there should be no password for this account.
Continue on to the User Settings control panel. Here you can change any of the other passwords for user on the machine. Make any changes you want.
Reboot your computer. As long as you don't press any keys (e.g. F8) during the boot-up the computer will startup normally.
If Method 1 is unsuccessful try Method 2.
Method 2: Reset Windows Password with SmartKey Windows Password Recovery.
Download SmartKey Windows
Password Recovery from SmartKey Password Recovery Official site
Decompress the SmartKey Windows
Password Recovery and note that there is an.ISO image file. Burn the image file onto a blank CD with
Insert the newly created CD into
the locked computer and re-boot it from the CD drive.
Boot the PC with the CD Rom and Run the SmartKey, a window pop up with all your account names(if you have several accounts) select one of the accounts that you have forgotten its password to reset it. Just one press, you have removed the password.
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Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS scroll down to set user password or supervisor password you can change or remove your password from there
control panel user accounts
on the users tab,click the name of the computer administrator you can change the password there
hope this helps
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