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Forgotten Password need help to unlock my laptop I forgot my password

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  • kldr Mar 15, 2008

    win XP

  • kldr Mar 15, 2008

    yes my windowsXP

  • kldr Mar 18, 2008

    No this did not help me at all I had to take it into Best Buy and pay another $29.00 to have them unlock it. Wish I had never gone through FixYa.

  • snake29 Mar 25, 2008

    I forgot my password to unlock my computer. I have an acer 3680 notebook.

  • pretty36 Jun 20, 2008

    lost pasword to acer aspire 3680 can you email me download to restore.

  • ruby2008 Dec 18, 2008

    have windows vista and have forgotten my logon password how do i get around this as i dont have a disk or floppy

  • Jeffrey Pemberton
    Jeffrey Pemberton May 11, 2010

    I assume we're talking about your logon password? Are you running Win XP and do you have your Win XP cd?

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Good.
If that’s your only problem, then you probably have nothing to worry about. As long as you have your Windows XP CD, you can get back into your system using a simple but effective method made possible by a little known access hole in Windows XP.

This method is easy enough for newbies to follow – it doesn’t require using the Recovery Console or any complicated commands. And it’s free - I mention that because you can pay two hundred dollars for an emergency download of Winternals ERD with Locksmith which is a utility for unlocking lost Windows passwords. See here http://www.winternals.com/products/repai...

ERD is an excellent multi purpose product, but you should know it is not a necessary one if you have a healthy system and your sole problem is the inability to logon to Windows due to a forgotten password. Not necessary because you can easily change or wipe out your Administrator password for free during a Windows XP Repair. Here’s how with a step-by-step description of the initial Repair process included for newbie’s.

1. Place your Windows XP CD in your cd-rom and start your computer (it’s assumed here that your XP CD is bootable – as it should be - and that you have your bios set to boot from CD)

2. Keep your eye on the screen messages for booting to your cd Typically, it will be “Press any key to boot from cd”

3. Once you get in, the first screen will indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading files.

4. When you get to the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to Setup Windows now

5. The Licensing Agreement comes next - Press F8 to accept it.

6. The next screen is the Setup screen which gives you the option to do a Repair.

It should read something like “If one of the following Windows XP installations is damaged, Setup can try to repair it”

Use the up and down arrow keys to select your XP installation (if you only have one, it should already be selected) and press R to begin the Repair process.

7. Let the Repair run. Setup will now check your disks and then start copying files which can take several minutes.

8. Shortly after the Copying Files stage, you will be required to reboot. (this will happen automatically – you will see a progress bar stating “Your computer will reboot in 15 seconds”

9. During the reboot, do not make the mistake of “pressing any key” to boot from the CD again! Setup will resume automatically with the standard billboard screens and you will notice Installing Windows is highlighted.

10. Keep your eye on the lower left hand side of the screen and when you see the Installing Devices progress bar, press SHIFT + F10. This is the security hole! A command console will now open up giving you the potential for wide access to your system.

11. At the prompt, type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. Voila! You have just gained graphical access to your User Accounts in the Control Panel.

12. Now simply pick the account you need to change and remove or change your password as you prefer. If you want to log on without having to enter your new password, you can type control userpasswords2 at the prompt and choose to log on without being asked for password. After you’ve made your changes close the windows, exit the command box and continue on with the Repair (have your Product key handy).

13. Once the Repair is done, you will be able to log on with your new password (or without a password if you chose not to use one or if you chose not to be asked for a password). Your programs and personalized settings should remain intact.

This security hole allows access to more than just user accounts. You can also access the Registry and Policy Editor, for example. And its gui access with mouse control. Of course, a Product Key will be needed to continue with the Repair after making the changes, but for anyone intent on gaining access to your system, this would be no problem.

And in case you are wondering, NO, you cannot cancel install after making the changes and expect to logon with your new password.

Cancelling will just result in Setup resuming at bootup and your changes will be lost.

Ok, now that your logon problem is fixed, you should make a point to prevent it from ever happening again by creating a Password Reset Disk. This is a floppy disk you can use in the event you ever forget your log on password. It allows you to set a new password.

Here's how to create one if your computer is NOT on a domain:

Go to the Control Panel and open up User Accounts.
Choose your account (under Pick An Account to Change) and under Related Tasks, click "Prevent a forgotten password".
This will initiate a wizard.
Click Next and then insert a blank formatted floppy disk into your A: drive.
Click Next and enter your logon password in the password box.
Click Next to begin the creation of your Password disk.
Once completed, label and save the disk to a safe place
How to Log on to your PC Using Your Password Reset Disk

Start your computer and at the logon screen, click your user name and leave the password box blank or just type in anything. This will bring up a Logon Failure box and you will then see the option to use your Password Reset disk to create a new password. Click it which will initiate the Password Reset wizard. Insert your password reset disk into your floppy drive and follow the wizard which will let you choose a new password to use for your account. Just in case your laptop isn't set to boot from cd, it probably is, you just have to go into the BIOS and make sure sure that the cd is is set to bootable and it is set to boot from cd before your hard drive. Try it with your Win XP cd first and if it doesn't work and you don't know how to go into the bios and set it, add another comment and I'll come back and tell you how to do that. This looks long and involved but it doesn't really take that long. Good Luck. If I helped out rate me a big 4 Fix Ya. Let me know how it turns out. Thanks for using Fix Ya.

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How to create a password reset disk loadTOCNode(2, 'moreinformation'); Note that this procedure requires one blank, formatted floppy disk.

To create a password reset disk for your local user account, follow these steps:

  1. Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE. The Windows Security dialog box appears.
  2. Click Change Password. The Change Password dialog box appears.
  3. In the Log on to box, click the local computer--for example, click Computer (this computer).
  4. Click Backup. The Forgotten Password Wizard starts.
  5. On the Welcome to the Forgotten Password Wizard page, click Next.
  6. Insert a blank, formatted disk in drive A, and then click Next.
  7. In the Current user account password box, type your password, and then click Next. The Forgotten Password Wizard creates the disk.
  8. When the progress bar reaches 100 percent complete, click Next, and then click Finish. The Forgotten Password Wizard quits and you return to the Change Password dialog box.
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