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Forgot my password. Can't find safe mode

I changed my password, didn't write it down and cannot find out how to open my laptop.

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  • stellam12 Apr 22, 2008

    I can't get to my documents because I can't get pass the signon for the laptop.

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You mean the password for your user account in Windows XP?
You can reset passwords by using this utility. If you read the instructions provided on the page, it shouldn't be too hard. Just download the cd-image, from the bottom of the page and burn it to a cd. Reboot your computer, with the cd in the drive and the BIOS set to boot from cd.

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Do you have any important information on the computer? what you might need to do is to backup your documents and then format the drive after you have backup you information.

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