HELP! For some reason, my password is not letting me into Windows XP anymore...even when I try to boot in safe mode, the CTRL-ALT DEL screen comes up and asks me to login...I have no access to my computer!!!
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When your system is Windows XP, you can reset it in safe mode
On XP you can try this: Boot computer and press Ctrl+Alt+Delete twice when you See Windows welcome screen / login screen. It'll show classic login box. Now type "Administrator" (without quotes) in username field and leave password field blank, press Enter and you should be able to login Windows. Now you can reset your account password from "Control Panel -> User Accounts".
turn the system off... after you see the acer screen hold down the F8 key.. you will then see options for Safe mode... go into safe mode choose the Administration option... from there go to control panel then users... you should be able to change or remove your password from there... let me know if you need anymore help.
If you are running windows xp, try starting up in safe mode.
start your computer and tap the F8 Key until you come to the safe mode menu. Boot into safe mode and see if you can log in as "Administrator" (if you do not see the Administrator account hold down ctrl+alt and tap delete twice, you should get the manual log in screen)
if your administrator account does not have a password, then you can go in and change your original account password.
If you have a password on your administrator account, you will need to download a password renewal tool of some sort.
HIren boot cd, or UBCD for windows has an assortment of tools for this
When the computer gets to the login screen hold down both Ctrl and Alt and then hit the Del key twice. A new login window will appear. In the top pane type administrator and hit enter. Hopefully you can log in as admin. If it lets you in go to the control panel and select "User Accounts" select "Change an Account" and the click on your account and remove the password. Click Apply and log out.
You should then be able to access your account.
For XP Home
Restart the computer and repeatedly press F8 until you see a list with safe mode at the top. Navigate to safe mode using the up cursor key and hit enter. You will see white text on the screen, this just means its loading up its basic drivers, so be patient!!
When you get to the login screen click on administrator and let it load up. Now all you have to do is go to the control panel, user accounts, change an account, click on your account and remove the password.
First try is to hold down CTRL + ALT + DEL and try typing in as the user "Administrator" with no password, if this does not work do not worry, it only works on half the systems anyway. Of course the next try is rebooting into safe mode by pressing F8 during the boot but before the windows screen, when it loads up safe mode it actually gives you an administrator option as a login, usually works. The last and third way is to actually use the windows xp operating system disc and boot to it and run a windows repair, suggest talking to a technician if you do this one. Once you get into windows just go to control panel from the start menu and open up user accounts and then access the account that needs the password to be changed and change it.