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My default administrator user account (for my windows XP) and all the files in that account disappeared when i created a administrator user account. I can't find my files anywhere on the C: drive...what do I do?

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You need to log onto the old account, to see your settings. that happens when you have two accounts.

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Here is a simple way to access Windows XP with Administrator rights and privileges if you have password protected your User account on your Windows XP system and can't remember the password(s) to login. Whenever Windows XP is installed on a system, it creates a default account called "Administrator" and by default this account is not password protected. Therefore, if you bought a brand name computer (such as Dell, HP, Compaq or Sony)or you have installed Windows XP yourself. You should be able to login to the computer through the unprotected.

You can log on as an administrator to assign a new password to your account. To do this, try Method 1.

Method 1: Switch ON the PC, boot the PC in 'Safe Mode' by continuously tapping F8 button after you switch on until you get the Safe Mode Option.

Let windows boot in Safe Mode and log in to windows.

Click through several self-explanatory screens until your reach the familiar 'Welcome' screen.

Note that this welcome screen is limited to 256 colors and 640x480 resolution because the primary graphics will have been set to the Windows Safe Mode software VGA adapter. You will not be able to change this mode even in Display options, while Windows is running in Safe Mode.

Find the icon for the Administrator user. If the default settings of your system haven't been changed, there should be no password for this account.
Continue on to the User Settings control panel. Here you can change any of the other passwords for user on the machine. Make any changes you want.
Reboot your computer. As long as you don't press any keys (e.g. F8) during the boot-up the computer will startup normally.


If Method 1 is unsuccessful try Method 2.

Method 2: Reset Windows Password with SmartKey Windows Password Recovery.

Download SmartKey Windows Password Recovery from SmartKey Password Recovery Official site

Decompress the SmartKey Windows Password Recovery and note that there is an.ISO image file. Burn the image file onto a blank CD with the burner.

Insert the newly created CD into the locked computer and re-boot it from the CD drive.

Boot the PC with the CD Rom and Run the SmartKey, a window pop up with all your account names(if you have several accounts) select one of the accounts that you have forgotten its password to reset it. Just one press, you have removed the password.

Dec 18, 2011 | PC Desktops

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How to Recover eMachines Notebook Windows Password


eMachines, as a brand-name laptop, is attractive to many netbooks users. We also call it as Acer eMachines for its developing history. We often receive letters from eMachine notebooks users on Acer eMachines password reset for forgotten eMachine administrator password. How to remove eMachines password or change eMachine password if I forgot Windows 7, XP, Vista password? Now, begin discuss the ways to unlock eMachine password.

1. Reset eMachines administrator password with other admin account

This means that we still can login our computer by accounts with administrative rights or privileges. Please never forget the default administrator, it may help much!

eMachines XP password reset from Safe Mode
A. Switch on eMachine Windows XP laptop and keep pressing F8.
B. Opt for "Safe Mode" and press "Enter" key at the Advanced Boot Option windows.
C. At login screen, choose the Administrator account and keep "Password" column blank (or input the changed password if the default Administrator account password has been changed before).
D. Start - Control Panel - User Accounts - select the account needed to change password - Change the password.
E. Input a new password, confirm the password again and then complete
Acer eMachine password removal on XP.

eMachines password recovery on Windows 7

We can recover forgotten password with built-in admin account:
A. Power on Acer eMachine computer and press the key: F8.
B. At the Windows - Advanced Boot Options, select "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and press Enter to confirm. Then PC starts Windows.
C. Choose the Administrator account shown on the account screen, and then login windows - Administrator: cmd.exe. Input command: net user Lily abcd and Enter to confirm (Lily is the account needed to break password; abcd is the new password for the account).
D. After command finished, we can restart eMachine Win 7 laptop and login with account - Lily, password - abcd.

2. Break eMachines password with only guest account

We know that the guest account can not do more operations on a security PC. So, we have to refer to other way to retrieve the admin account for further operations.

Bypass eMachines password with recovery disks created before lost eMachine password
When input an incorrect password at the login screen, click "Reset Windows Password" and insert the eMachine password reset disk. The Password Reset Wizard will lead us create a new password to remove forgotten eMachines Windows 7 password.


Retrieve eMachine Windows password by DIY a password reset disk after forgotten
It is considered as the most instantly and easiest way to recover lost eMachine password. A .iso file, bootable CD/DVD/USB disk and accessible PC will solve problem within minutes without special techniques for a green hand on PC.
We can get the .iso file from many Windows password recovery programs. Just take one of the most popular tool - Ainorsoft Windows Password Recovery as example.


A. Download the suitable Ainorsoft Windows Password Recovery program and burn its .iso file into a blank CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive on an accessible computer;
B. Boot the burned CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive from the PC password locked;
C. Reset the new eMachines password.
Ainorsoft Windows Password Recovery tool concludes Basic, Enhance and Corporation versions. The Basic is opted for Windows 7, XP, Vista, 2008, 2003,etc. CD/DVD disk suits for it! The Enhance version can be used with USB disk for the former OS. While, the Ainorsoft Windows Password Recovery Corporation is designed to Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/NT/Server 2008/2003/2000 with bootable CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive.

Main methods on eMachine password reset are shared as above. Recover forgotten eMachine laptop password from Safe Mode or unlock eMachines password with password reset disk. Hope the any one help our eMachines computer users!


Article source: http://windowspasswordrecovery.net/article/emachines-password-reset.html

on Jul 08, 2011 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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Three Tips for Windows XP Administrator Password Recovery


Unlike Windows 7 and Vista, the default administrator account on Windows XP is enabled and not password protected. And by this unique feature, you can easily reset a forgotten login password to Windows XP when you are locked out of computer. But if you added a password to this built-in administrator account before and now cannot remember its password, what will you do to reset this forgotten Windows XP default administrator password? Here's some advice on <a href="http://www.anypasswordrecovery.com/windows-xp-administrator-password-recovery.html">Windows XP administrator password</a> recovery for you if your Windows XP machine is in use.<br /><br />Tip 1: Take advantage of password recovery disk<br /><br />Provided a password reset disk for the default administrator account is created in advance, Windows XP administrator password recovery can be completed within a few clicks.<br /><br /><img src="yaoch_1.png" /><br /><br />Step 1. Go to Windows XP logon screen and enter a wrong password for the administrator account.<br /><br />Step 2. Press Enter to pop up the "logon failed" dialog box, and click "use your password reset disk".<br /><br />Step 3. On the Password Reset Wizard screen, click Next to change this administrator password.<br /><br />Tip 2: Try Windows Password Recovery Software<br /><br />If you forgot Windows administrator password without a password reset disk, don't feel impressed. <a href="http://www.anypasswordrecovery.com/" style="font-weight: bold;">Rekeysoft Windows Password Recovery</a> can solve your problem. It allows you to create a password reset CD/DVD to reset lost Windows XP administrator password.<br /><br /><img src="yaoch_2.png" /><br /><br />Step 1. Download and install Windows Password Recovery.<br /><br />Step 2. Burn a bootable password reset CD/DVD.<br /><br />Step 3. Boot your locked computer form the CD/DVD.<br /><br />Step 4. <a href="http://www.anypasswordrecovery.com/reset-windows-xp-password.html">Reset Windows XP password</a> under Win PE.<br /><br />Step 5. Log on computer via this administrator account without password.<br /><br />Note: With intuitive GUI, you can defeat Windows XP administrator password within a few clicks, regardless of your level of computer knowledge. 100% recovery rate guaranteed.<br /><br />Tip 3: Use a user account with administrator permission<br /><br />It is well-known that users can create 2 kinds of administrator account on Window XP. One is a user account with administrator privileges while the other is the built-in administrator account. So when you forgot Windows XP default administrator password, you can log on computer with another kind of administrator account and then do as follows:<br /><br /><img src="yaoch_3.png" /><br /><br />Step 1. Right-click My Computer icon to select Mange.<br /><br />Step 2. On the coming up classic computer management window, expand Local Users and Groups folder, and then expand Users folder to display all user accounts on this computer.<br /><br />Step 3. Right-click Administrator and select Set Password option.<br /><br />Among these tips, it's highly suggested you try tip 2 that changing Windows XP password with Windows password recovery software as it is can be applied to every lost Windows password circumstances. And it is simple and fast.

on Apr 22, 2011 | PC Desktops

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I have a hp desktop and forgotten the password wont allow me to f8 and restart will not let me into my desktop without having the password how can i bypass that and get it changed?


Here is a simple way to access Windows XP with Administrator rights and privileges if you have password protected your User account on your Windows XP system and can't remember the password(s) to login. Whenever Windows XP is installed on a system, it creates a default account called "Administrator" and by default this account is not password protected. Therefore, if you bought a brand name computer (such as Dell, HP, Compaq or Sony)or you have installed Windows XP yourself. You should be able to login to the computer through theunprotected Administrator account.

You can log on as an administrator to assign a new password to your account. To do this, try Method 1.

Method 1: Switch ON the PC, boot the PC in 'Safe Mode' by continuously tapping F8 button after you switch on until you get the Safe Mode Option.

Let windows boot in Safe Mode and log in to windows.

Click through several self-explanatory screens until your reach the familiar 'Welcome' screen.

Note that this welcome screen is limited to 256 colors and 640x480 resolution because the primary graphics will have been set to the Windows Safe Mode software VGA adapter. You will not be able to change this mode even in Display options, while Windows is running in Safe Mode.

Find the icon for the Administrator user. If the default settings of your system haven't been changed, there should be no password for this account.
Continue on to the User Settings control panel. Here you can change any of the other passwords for user on the machine. Make any changes you want.
Reboot your computer. As long as you don't press any keys (e.g. F8) during the boot-up the computer will startup normally.


If Method 1 is unsuccessful try Method 2.

Method 2: Reset Windows Password with SmartKey Windows Password Recovery.

Download SmartKey Windows Password Recovery from SmartKey Password Recovery Official site

Decompress the SmartKey Windows Password Recovery and note that there is an.ISO image file. Burn the image file onto a blank CD with the burner.

Insert the newly created CD into the locked computer and re-boot it from the CD drive.

Boot the PC with the CD Rom and Run the SmartKey, a window pop up with all your account names(if you have several accounts) select one of the accounts that you have forgotten its password to reset it. Just one press, you have removed the password.

Oct 17, 2011 | PC Desktops

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Wont let me access desktop without entering my administrative password


Here is a simple way to access Windows XP with Administrator rights and privileges if you have password protected your User account on your Windows XP system and can't remember the password(s) to login. Whenever Windows XP is installed on a system, it creates a default account called "Administrator" and by default this account is not password protected. Therefore, if you bought a brand name computer (such as Dell, HP, Compaq or Sony)or you have installed Windows XP yourself. You should be able to login to the computer through theunprotected Administrator account.

You can log on as an administrator to assign a new password to your account. To do this, try Method 1.

Method 1: Switch ON the PC, boot the PC in 'Safe Mode' by continuously tapping F8 button after you switch on until you get the Safe Mode Option.

Let windows boot in Safe Mode and log in to windows.

Click through several self-explanatory screens until your reach the familiar 'Welcome' screen.

Note that this welcome screen is limited to 256 colors and 640x480 resolution because the primary graphics will have been set to the Windows Safe Mode software VGA adapter. You will not be able to change this mode even in Display options, while Windows is running in Safe Mode.

Find the icon for the Administrator user. If the default settings of your system haven't been changed, there should be no password for this account.
Continue on to the User Settings control panel. Here you can change any of the other passwords for user on the machine. Make any changes you want.
Reboot your computer. As long as you don't press any keys (e.g. F8) during the boot-up the computer will startup normally.


If Method 1 is unsuccessful try Method 2.

Method 2: Reset Windows Password with SmartKey Windows Password Recovery.

Download SmartKey Windows Password Recovery from SmartKey Password Recovery Official site

Decompress the SmartKey Windows Password Recovery and note that there is an.ISO image file. Burn the image file onto a blank CD with the burner.

Insert the newly created CD into the locked computer and re-boot it from the CD drive.

Boot the PC with the CD Rom and Run the SmartKey, a window pop up with all your account names(if you have several accounts) select one of the accounts that you have forgotten its password to reset it. Just one press, you have removed the password.

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Three simple ways to recover Windows XP password


<p><a><span>This may happen when you attempt to log in to your Windows XP and you realize you lost the password. Just because you can't remember or some hackers had change your password.</SPAN></A><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>It's easy to gain access to Windows after losing user account password. Just simply login as the computer administrator and go to control panel-&gt;user accounts. There you will be able to reset the password for any of the systems user accounts.</SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>Howerver, things will get more tricky if you have <b>lost Windows administrator password</B>. It's a sickening,powerless feeling to be locked out of your own computer though this happens more often,everytime we feel so helpless.What should you do in facing this situation.You have tried everything you could but failed.</SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><a><span>This problem of<b> Windows XP password recovery </B>often troubles most PC users, especially for those who have little computer skills. For this, </SPAN></A><a><span><span>following are three simple ways on how to </SPAN></SPAN></A></SPAN><a href="http://www.lostwindowspassword.com/"><span><span><span><b><span><span> </SPAN>recover Widows XP password</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><span><span><span></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></A><span><span><span><span> to help you login your computer again.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><br><span></SPAN><span></SPAN> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><b><span>Method 1:<span> </SPAN>Login as Safe Mode</SPAN></B></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>Start system and press F8 key when Windows is starting up. Then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt and enter. Choose Administrator,the default password may be blank if you don't set the default administrator password before.Then you will enter into doc Command as following.</SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>Type " net user net user xxx 12345 /add " (xxx is the locked account name and 123456 is the new password set on this account).Then you will see the Command Completed Successfully.</SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><b><span>Method 2: Using A password reset disk</SPAN></B></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>Windows XP and further versions also provide another method to recover forgotten password by using ""Reset Disk"". If you created a Password Reset Disk in past, you can use that disk to</SPAN></SPAN><a href="http://www.lostwindowspassword.com/"><span><b><span> recover Windows XP password</SPAN></B></SPAN><span></SPAN></A><span><span> as follows. </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>Step 1: Start Windows and click your username when you get to the Windows XP logon screen. Type the password wrongly.</SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span> </SPAN></SPAN><br> <p><span><span>Step 2. Press Enter and you will see the error message about "Did you forgot your password?</SPAN></SPAN><span><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; FONT-FAMILY: &#23435;&#20307;; mso-ascii-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-hansi-font-family: 'Times New Roman

on Jan 04, 2011 | PC Desktops

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Three simple ways to recover Windows XP password


This may happen when you attempt to log in to your Windows XP and you realize you lost the password. Just because you can't remember or some hackers had change your password.


It's easy to gain access to Windows after losing user account password. Just simply login as the computer administrator and go to control panel->user accounts. There you will be able to reset the password for any of the systems user accounts.


Howerver, things will get more tricky if you have lost Windows administrator password. It's a sickening,powerless feeling to be locked out of your own computer though this happens more often,everytime we feel so helpless.What should you do in facing this situation.You have tried everything you could but failed.


This problem of Windows XP password recovery often troubles most PC users, especially for those who have little computer skills. For this, following are three simple ways on how to recover Widows XP password to help you login your computer again.


Method 1: Login as Safe Mode


Start system and press F8 key when Windows is starting up. Then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt and enter. Choose Administrator,the default password may be blank if you don't set the default administrator password before.Then you will enter into doc Command as following.



Type " net user net user xxx 12345 /add " (xxx is the locked account name and 123456 is the new password set on this account).Then you will see the Command Completed Successfully.


Method 2: Using A password reset disk


Windows XP and further versions also provide another method to recover forgotten password by using ""Reset Disk"". If you created a Password Reset Disk in past, you can use that disk to recover Windows XP password as follows.


Step 1: Start Windows and click your username when you get to the Windows XP logon screen. Type the password wrongly.


Step 2. Press Enter and you will see the error message about "Did you forgot your password?

on Dec 23, 2010 | PC Desktops

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I own this pc and somehow it has an administrator account on it and i cant load any software.I used to but my kids monkyed with it and now i cant.So how can i get rid,passed the administartor thing so i...


If you have the ability to burn cds or a working floppy drive I have a great solution. Just get this utility http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/
This little program has helped me countless times when friends forget their passwords.

Dec 03, 2008 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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No rights to run control panel requires new instal need media


1. to gain rights do the following.

The built-in Administrator account is hidden from Welcome Screen when a user account with Administrator privileges exists and enabled. In Windows XP Home Edition, you can login as built-in Administrator in Safe Mode only. For XP Professional, press CTRL + ALT + DEL twice at the Welcome Screen and input your Administrator password in the classic logon window that appears.
To have the Administrator account displayed in the Welcome Screen, try one of these methods:
Method 1: Using TweakUI Power Toy for Windows XP Download TweakUI from here: v2.00 for Windows XP | v2.10 for XP SP1 and above
Open TweakUI and click "Logon" option in the left pane. Put a checkmark against the option "Show Administrator on Welcome Screen". Click OK to close TweakUI. Logoff and see if Welcome Screen lists Administrator login. Changes are immediate and you can use the Winkey + L to switch back to Welcome Screen to see Administrator account is listed.
Use this procedure to hide/unhide any user account from the Welcome Screen. Please remember, you can still login to a hidden account using CTRL+ALT+DEL classic logon method, but cannot Fast User Switch to a hidden user account.
Method 2 - Manual registry edit
  • Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
  • Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon \ SpecialAccounts \ UserList
  • Use the File, Export option to backup the key
  • Create a new DWORD Value named Administrator
  • Double-click Administrator, and set 1 as its data
  • Exit the Registry Editor.
For Windows XP Home Edition While you can configure Windows XP Home Edition to show Administrator account in the Welcome Screen, you cannot login as Administrator in Normal mode. Visit the following link for more information:
Error Message: Unable to Log You on Because of an Account Restriction

Sep 17, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Reset Windows XP Password with Three Common Methods


Forgot Windows XP password, don't be worried. It's very common for PC users to lose or forget Windows password as some like to set a rather complicated password. As Windows XP has been used for several years, there are various available methods that can help you to reset Windows XP password.

Method 1: Create a password reset disk to reset Windows XP password

Creating a Windows XP password reset disk is a very easy way to protect yourselves from the possibility of forgetting your password. With it, you can reset Windows XP login password easily and quickly. Don't know how to create one, just follow the instructions as below:

1.Click on Start, Control Panel and User Accounts in order.
2. Select the specified user account you want to create the Windows XP password reset disk for.
3. In the Related Tasks area on the left, click the Prevent a forgotten password.
4. When the Forgotten Password Wizard window appears, click Next.
5. Follow the Forgotten Password Wizard to create your Windows XP password reset disk.

Once you find your Windows XP password is lost or forgotten, just reset Windows XP password with the disk. The Windows XP password reset disk can be repeatedly used to reset password for your computer, so please remember to keep it in a safe place. Otherwise, unauthorized users can log on your computer and get access to the precious data on it. It will be a disaster for you if your privacy is leaked out.

Method 2: Log on as administrator to reset Windows XP password

All Windows XP computers have a special user account named "Administrator" and by default this account is not password protected. If you don't set password for the account or you remember its password, you can log on computer with the administrator account to perform Windows XP password reset.

1. Start the computer.
2. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete twice when you see Windows XP login screen.
3. When Log On to Windows dialog box appears, type Administrator in the User name box.
4. Type the administrator password in the password box, and then click OK. Or you can directly click Ok if you don't set password.
5. Click Start > Run > Type control userpasswords2 > click OK.
6. On the Users tab, click the name of the user account that you want to reset the password for, and then click Reset Password.
7. Set your new password and click OK on the Reset Password dialog box. And then click OK on user tab.
8. Restart the computer, and then try to log on to Windows again.

Method 3: Burn a USB flash drive to reset Windows XP password

In addition to the two methods above, you can also perform Windows XP password reset with third party Windows password recovery software. It can help you reset Windows XP login password by burning a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive. Before starting to perform Windows XP password reset with this method, you need to find a computer with optical driver that you can log on. Then, you can follow the below steps to burn a USB flash drive with Windows Login Recovery.

1. Download Windows Login Recovery and install it.
2. Burn the ISO image file on the program to a USB flash drive.
3. Set your locked computer to boot from USB drive.
4. Reset forgotten Windows XP password with the burned USB flash drive.

The above 3 methods are easy for you to reset Windows XP password. Of course, method to perform Windows XP password reset is not limited to the 3 options. There are still other options for you, like using a Windows installation disc to recover Windows XP password. You just find one suits you best to reset your lost Windows XP password.

on Sep 05, 2010 | PC Desktops

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