When i go to "change way users log on or off" from the control panel, it says i must be a memeber of the administrators group on my computer to open user accounts. this is a computer i bought from my old job, and now the I.T. guy is gone. what can i do.
i want my laptop to startup without a password. after i put in the password, i am on my old jobs server. i want to get rid of that totally. do i need to get a new hard drive?
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Re: help with ibm thinkpad
You would need to get the administrator password to enable options. Either you can get it touch with the administrator of your company to help you with the password, or Google to find out how you can get one.
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I imagine you have Windows XP. If so, try this: Start the computer in safe mode. Choose the Administrator account. If your computer is like 90% of the computers I've seen, no one has password-protected this account. Once in, go to the control panel and choose Users; From there, you can change your password to one you remember. Next time don't forget it.
When you boot up to the log in screen type in administrator to log in once you have your computer running again you have to take control (administrator)control panel useraccountson the users tab,click the name of the computer administrator you can change the password there or if your computer has a system restore you can restore it to an earlier date which will have your personal settings
Try booting up in Safe Mode. Log in as administrator (try 'password' as the password), then open control panel (start>settings>control panel). Open the User Management tool, select the user that you want change and click change password. If you want to create a new user you can do that here to. Be sure to make the new user an Admin.
When you first start the machine, start pressing F8. It should go into safe mode. Safe mode looks different than the regular Windows mode, and there will be a screen with user account boxes, just like when you logged off in Windows. One box will have administrator, another will have whoever had the computer before, and there may be another with guest. Click on the administrator box, then open user accounts from the control panel. Then you can open the user account with the password and clear it. If you still can't get to safe mode let me know and we'll try a forceful way.