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<span>To log on to a computer as the administrator to reset a password, try the following steps.
<li>Log on as an administrator.
<li>Restart the computer.</li>
<li>Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE two times, and then type the name of the administrator user account.<br /><br /><b>Note</b> If you do not know any other administrator user account, try to type <span>Adminstrator</span> in the User name</b> box.</li>
<li>In the Password</b> box, type the administrator password, and then click OK</b>. <br /><br /><b>Note</b> If you do not know the administrator password, leave it blank, and then click OK</b>.</li></ol></li>
<li>Reset the password.
<li>Click Start</b>, and then click Run</b>.</li>
<li>Type <span>control userpasswords2</span>, and then click OK</b>.</li>
<li>On the Users</b> tab, click the name of the user account that you want to reset the password for, and then click Reset Password</b>.</li>
<li>Type a new password in the New password</b> box, and then type the password again in the Confirm new password</b> box, and then click OK</b>.</li>
<li>Restart the computer, and then try to log on to Windows XP again.</li></ol></li></ol></span>
I generally don't like telling people how to change passwords because they can go doing it to other people but for some people this is a life saver.
First of all you will need access of a account on the same computer. Unfortunately I haven't found a way to do it without going onto xp. If you don't have any other accessable accounts then try the administrator account unless it's in use as your account. If you can't see follow the instructions below. If you have got access skip this group of instructions and go to the next steps.
Get into administrator account: 1.) When starting the computer, press F8 continuesly until you see a black screen with writing saying how would you like to startup windows. 2.) Go to safemode with command prompt and click enter until you see the bootup screen(windows logo...). 3.) It should have the administrator account along with the one that you have locked. Go into the administrator account and if there is a password on that you'll have to know it from the company that gave you the computer because they generally put a password on it.
Change Password: Once you're in the account you'll see a black screen with writing. 1.) type in net user. It will come with a display of user names. 2.) With exactly the same format as on the screen(Uppercase/Capitals), type the users name after net user and a star as a new word after the name(e.g. net user Tommy *) 3.) Just type in the password you want to change it to and confirm it by typing it again.
Once you're finished just type shutdown /r and it'll reboot like windows normally does.
Most of the time the default windows installations leaves the Administrator account active with a blank password to back door for cases like these.
First try logging in using username ADMINISTRATOR and don't type anything for the password. Click ok to see if that gets you in. If it does then you can go to your account settings and change the password for your default account. If not there may still be other ways but this is typically the easiest.
Yes, when you switch the laptop on hold down the F8 key until you see a black screen with a list of white text, one of the options will be "Safe Mode", use the arrow keys to highlight safe mode (just safe mode, not safe mode with anything) and press return. The computer will start to the welcome screen and you will see a user-name you don't normally see called "Administrator". Click on Administrator and you will find it is not password protected (in spite of the fact that the Administrator account has more access to the system than any other account!) when the administrator profile loads it will ask you if you want to continue in safe mode and you do. click start, click control panel and click on users and groups now click on your son's user account and click remove password. now click back, click on the Administrator account and click change password, the old password should be left blank and you're new Administrator password should be something at least 7 letters, numbers and special characters (!@£$%^&*) long that you can remember.
Now just restart and let it start up normally, once loaded advise your son to set a password he can remember or at least write down somewhere safe.
Here are a few links to help you, there are a number of sites to help below...
basically ya get the recovery/removal program and put on a floppy, boot on floppy, run the program, follow instructions... remove/recover password.. reboot.. log onto windows...
ya should be all good the sits have all the links...