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Can't get by the windows log in screen

Hello,

I have an old work lptop that I was going to let the kids use. However when I pwr up I can't get past the windows log in screen. Its been about 2+yrs sine I've used this laptop and have no remote chance of recalling login at that time
Any way to reset or boot past this?

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  • corky33 Jan 25, 2008

    when I come up in safe mode, it still does not allow any access

    is there a special admin login or pwd I should use

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To help out you, and my collegue expert:

No need to boot in to Safe Mode to log in as Administrator. You can go to the login, press Ctrl + Alt + Del 2 or 3 times and the traditional login will replace the Welcome Screen. Simply type Administrator as user and try loging.

@ Philster, this is only meant to support your solution.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008

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Assuming you did not set an administrator password - you can hit the F8 key when booting - and then select Safe Mode. Once the machine boots to safe mode, you'll be able to login using the Administrator account, and you can go into the control panel to change the actual user's password.

If you did set an admin password that you do not recall, you can use Petter Nordahl-Hagen's Offline NT Password & Registry Editor to reset the Admin password.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008

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    Phil Jan 26, 2008

    The only problem with this solution is that not all machines are setup to allow this. My main machine, for example, does nothing but bring up the task manager no matter how many times I hit Ctrl-Alt-Del

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