I don't password protect my systems but I'm saving this email in the event I
ever do. How very informative!
Now if the Repair function would help me find my inaccesible
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anthony Olubayo" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 6:54 AM
Subject: [Simply Computers] Re: Forgot my password ( Dont Re-Install Windows
> u dont need 2 re-install windows xp or losse any
> documents becos o ur password. All u need 2 do is
> follow these instructions:
> I Forgot My Administrator Password!
> by Vic Ferri
> Can't Log On to Windows XP?
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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.
> I tested the above on Windows XP Pro with and without
> SP1 and also used this method in a real situation
> where someone could not remember their password and it
> worked like a charm to fix the problem. 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
> 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
> 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
> Once completed, label and save the disk to a safe
> How to Log on to your PC Using Your Password Reset
> 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.
> Note: If your computer is part of a domain, the
> procedure for creating a password disk is different.
> See here for step by step instructions:
> Best of luck.
> --- Enterprise <email@example.com> wrote:
>> If you have to reinstall XP may I suggest you remove
>> the C drive and take to a friends and set the jumper
>> at the back to slave and copy all your Documents to
>> his hard drive and then reset to master and put back
>> into your computer format and the reinstall XP.
>> That way you still have your documents
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Tricki Micki
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 6:49 PM
>> Subject: [Simply Computers] Hurricane Katrina -
>> Forgot my password
>> I came back to New Orleans to log into my computer
>> can't remember my password. I have Windows
>> anybody tell me how to get my password back (No,
>> hint doesn't help)...am I going to have to reload
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