I locked myself out of XP



Stevie
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
I screwed up.

I'm fairly new at XP and I was messing around in the Computer
Management/Users section and saw a User with my name in the Name column and
also saw my name in the Full Name column of the Administrator line. In a
moment of sheer stupidity, I opened the Properties of what I thought was the
duplicate (the one with my name in the 1st column) and clicked Disabled.

After I logged out I can not log back on. I now seem to be disabled. My
name is on the list but with a flower as a picture instead of my jet plane.
:) Now it wants a password... I don't remember telling it a password
during installation or anytime since. I can get into my son and wife's
logon (they are Limited Accounts) but can't do anything from there. I can't
change any accounts or do a system restore. I can't do a repair with the CD
using a Limited Account.

I've been into safe mode where it gives one logon and it still wants a
password which I do not know.

Is there a work-around? I know having this Administrator account is
supposed to keep my kid from installing programs but what do you do if the
owner is locked out of the house? Am I going to have to do a full install
of XP? Is it even going to let me? If I could do a System Restore from a
Limited Account, it would probably be my magic bullet.

I am not looking forward to updating XP and installing all those programs
again. The one I never got aroung to installing was Norton's Ghost. Go
figger.

Thanks for any help.

Steve

Stevie
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
sorry for the double post. I had to reconfigure OE under my son's logon :(

What's in a Name?
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
Stevie wrote:
> I screwed up.
>
> I'm fairly new at XP and I was messing around in the Computer
> Management/Users section and saw a User with my name in the Name
> column and also saw my name in the Full Name column of the
> Administrator line. In a moment of sheer stupidity, I opened the
> Properties of what I thought was the duplicate (the one with my name
> in the 1st column) and clicked Disabled.
>
> After I logged out I can not log back on. I now seem to be disabled.
> My name is on the list but with a flower as a picture instead of my
> jet plane. :) Now it wants a password... I don't remember telling
> it a password during installation or anytime since. I can get into
> my son and wife's logon (they are Limited Accounts) but can't do
> anything from there. I can't change any accounts or do a system
> restore. I can't do a repair with the CD using a Limited Account.
>
> I've been into safe mode where it gives one logon and it still wants a
> password which I do not know.
>
> Is there a work-around? I know having this Administrator account is
> supposed to keep my kid from installing programs but what do you do
> if the owner is locked out of the house? Am I going to have to do a
> full install of XP? Is it even going to let me? If I could do a
> System Restore from a Limited Account, it would probably be my magic
> bullet.
>
> I am not looking forward to updating XP and installing all those
> programs again. The one I never got aroung to installing was
> Norton's Ghost. Go figger.
>
> Thanks for any help.
>
> Steve

Have you tried any of the suggestions found using google?
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=RNWE,RNWE:2005-19,RNWE:en&q=lost+password+XP
-max

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TripleEight
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
"Stevie" <NoSpam@alltel.net> wrote in message
news:a2bd5$42866448$8b370516$23045@ALLTEL.NET...
>I screwed up.
>
> I'm fairly new at XP and I was messing around in the Computer
> Management/Users section and saw a User with my name in the Name column and
> also saw my name in the Full Name column of the Administrator line. In a
> moment of sheer stupidity, I opened the Properties of what I thought was the
> duplicate (the one with my name in the 1st column) and clicked Disabled.
>
> After I logged out I can not log back on. I now seem to be disabled. My
> name is on the list but with a flower as a picture instead of my jet plane.
> :) Now it wants a password... I don't remember telling it a password
> during installation or anytime since. I can get into my son and wife's
> logon (they are Limited Accounts) but can't do anything from there. I can't
> change any accounts or do a system restore. I can't do a repair with the CD
> using a Limited Account.
>
> I've been into safe mode where it gives one logon and it still wants a
> password which I do not know.
>
> Is there a work-around? I know having this Administrator account is
> supposed to keep my kid from installing programs but what do you do if the
> owner is locked out of the house? Am I going to have to do a full install
> of XP? Is it even going to let me? If I could do a System Restore from a
> Limited Account, it would probably be my magic bullet.
>
> I am not looking forward to updating XP and installing all those programs
> again. The one I never got aroung to installing was Norton's Ghost. Go
> figger.

There's a special account called the Administrator account. This is set up
during installation of Windows XP. Usually, for the home user, it should be
blank so when it come to situations like yours, you can recreate a fresh user
admin-account like the one you had. But you might not have access to your old
personal files in the Document and Settings folder if privatized.

If your Administrator account is passworded, try to remember what it was!
Otherwise I don't think you can get past the security as Windows XP is suppose
to be renowned for it's "bullet proof" security! :0

Stevie
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
> Stevie wrote:
> > I screwed up.
> >
> > I'm fairly new at XP and I was messing around in the Computer
> > Management/Users section and saw a User with my name in the Name
> > column and also saw my name in the Full Name column of the
> > Administrator line. In a moment of sheer stupidity, I opened the
> > Properties of what I thought was the duplicate (the one with my name
> > in the 1st column) and clicked Disabled.
> >
> > After I logged out I can not log back on. I now seem to be disabled.
> > My name is on the list but with a flower as a picture instead of my
> > jet plane. :) Now it wants a password... I don't remember telling
> > it a password during installation or anytime since. I can get into
> > my son and wife's logon (they are Limited Accounts) but can't do
> > anything from there. I can't change any accounts or do a system
> > restore. I can't do a repair with the CD using a Limited Account.
> >
> > I've been into safe mode where it gives one logon and it still wants a
> > password which I do not know.
> >
> > Is there a work-around? I know having this Administrator account is
> > supposed to keep my kid from installing programs but what do you do
> > if the owner is locked out of the house? Am I going to have to do a
> > full install of XP? Is it even going to let me? If I could do a
> > System Restore from a Limited Account, it would probably be my magic
> > bullet.
> >
> > I am not looking forward to updating XP and installing all those
> > programs again. The one I never got aroung to installing was
> > Norton's Ghost. Go figger.
> >
> > Thanks for any help.
> >
> > Steve
>
> Have you tried any of the suggestions found using google?
>
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=RNWE,RNWE:2005-19,RNWE:en&q=lost+password+XP
> -max

Going to now... didn't occur to search for "lost password". I didn't even
think I had one :) I've been searching for a way to run Restore from a
Linited Account. Looks like "lost password" is my only hope.

thanks.

Dan~
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
"TripleEight" wrote:

>
> "Stevie" <NoSpam@alltel.net> wrote in message
> news:a2bd5$42866448$8b370516$23045@ALLTEL.NET...
> >I screwed up.
> >
> > I'm fairly new at XP and I was messing around in the Computer
> > Management/Users section and saw a User with my name in the Name column and
> > also saw my name in the Full Name column of the Administrator line. In a
> > moment of sheer stupidity, I opened the Properties of what I thought was the
> > duplicate (the one with my name in the 1st column) and clicked Disabled.
> >
> > After I logged out I can not log back on. I now seem to be disabled. My
> > name is on the list but with a flower as a picture instead of my jet plane.
> > :) Now it wants a password... I don't remember telling it a password
> > during installation or anytime since. I can get into my son and wife's
> > logon (they are Limited Accounts) but can't do anything from there. I can't
> > change any accounts or do a system restore. I can't do a repair with the CD
> > using a Limited Account.
> >
> > I've been into safe mode where it gives one logon and it still wants a
> > password which I do not know.
> >
> > Is there a work-around? I know having this Administrator account is
> > supposed to keep my kid from installing programs but what do you do if the
> > owner is locked out of the house? Am I going to have to do a full install
> > of XP? Is it even going to let me? If I could do a System Restore from a
> > Limited Account, it would probably be my magic bullet.
> >
> > I am not looking forward to updating XP and installing all those programs
> > again. The one I never got aroung to installing was Norton's Ghost. Go
> > figger.
>
> There's a special account called the Administrator account. This is set up
> during installation of Windows XP. Usually, for the home user, it should be
> blank so when it come to situations like yours, you can recreate a fresh user
> admin-account like the one you had. But you might not have access to your old
> personal files in the Document and Settings folder if privatized.
>
> If your Administrator account is passworded, try to remember what it was!
> Otherwise I don't think you can get past the security as Windows XP is suppose
> to be renowned for it's "bullet proof" security! :0
>
>

When it asks for a password, you could try entering nothing, or does it
still say you need a password?

Lee Shipman
07-09-2005, 11:27 PM
There's software available to reset the password & allow you access to your
computer. It'll obviously require that you have access to the internet to
download & run it. Enter this into your web browser:
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/editor.html

You can run the software from a floppy or a CD. There's a fair amount of
reading to do before you get started, but on a hunch I tried it, accepting
the default settings, and it worked fine for me (and for another person who
actually did what you did!)

Lee

"Stevie" <NoSpam@alltel.net> wrote in message
news:a2bd5$42866448$8b370516$23045@ALLTEL.NET...
>I screwed up.
>
> I'm fairly new at XP and I was messing around in the Computer
> Management/Users section and saw a User with my name in the Name column
> and
> also saw my name in the Full Name column of the Administrator line. In a
> moment of sheer stupidity, I opened the Properties of what I thought was
> the
> duplicate (the one with my name in the 1st column) and clicked Disabled.
>
> After I logged out I can not log back on. I now seem to be disabled. My
> name is on the list but with a flower as a picture instead of my jet
> plane.
> :) Now it wants a password... I don't remember telling it a password
> during installation or anytime since. I can get into my son and wife's
> logon (they are Limited Accounts) but can't do anything from there. I
> can't
> change any accounts or do a system restore. I can't do a repair with the
> CD
> using a Limited Account.
>
> I've been into safe mode where it gives one logon and it still wants a
> password which I do not know.
>
> Is there a work-around? I know having this Administrator account is
> supposed to keep my kid from installing programs but what do you do if the
> owner is locked out of the house? Am I going to have to do a full install
> of XP? Is it even going to let me? If I could do a System Restore from a
> Limited Account, it would probably be my magic bullet.
>
> I am not looking forward to updating XP and installing all those programs
> again. The one I never got aroung to installing was Norton's Ghost. Go
> figger.
>
> Thanks for any help.
>
> Steve
>
>
>

Stevie
07-09-2005, 11:28 PM
Yes.. it worked like a charm.


"Lee Shipman" <lshipman01@charter.net> wrote in message
news:sGwhe.19581$rt1.5837@fe04.lga...
> There's software available to reset the password & allow you access to
your
> computer. It'll obviously require that you have access to the internet to
> download & run it. Enter this into your web browser:
> http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/editor.html
>
> You can run the software from a floppy or a CD. There's a fair amount of
> reading to do before you get started, but on a hunch I tried it, accepting
> the default settings, and it worked fine for me (and for another person
who
> actually did what you did!)
>
> Lee
>
> "Stevie" <NoSpam@alltel.net> wrote in message
> news:a2bd5$42866448$8b370516$23045@ALLTEL.NET...
> >I screwed up.
> >
> > I'm fairly new at XP and I was messing around in the Computer
> > Management/Users section and saw a User with my name in the Name column
> > and
> > also saw my name in the Full Name column of the Administrator line. In
a
> > moment of sheer stupidity, I opened the Properties of what I thought was
> > the
> > duplicate (the one with my name in the 1st column) and clicked Disabled.
> >
> > After I logged out I can not log back on. I now seem to be disabled.
My
> > name is on the list but with a flower as a picture instead of my jet
> > plane.
> > :) Now it wants a password... I don't remember telling it a password
> > during installation or anytime since. I can get into my son and wife's
> > logon (they are Limited Accounts) but can't do anything from there. I
> > can't
> > change any accounts or do a system restore. I can't do a repair with
the
> > CD
> > using a Limited Account.
> >
> > I've been into safe mode where it gives one logon and it still wants a
> > password which I do not know.
> >
> > Is there a work-around? I know having this Administrator account is
> > supposed to keep my kid from installing programs but what do you do if
the
> > owner is locked out of the house? Am I going to have to do a full
install
> > of XP? Is it even going to let me? If I could do a System Restore from
a
> > Limited Account, it would probably be my magic bullet.
> >
> > I am not looking forward to updating XP and installing all those
programs
> > again. The one I never got aroung to installing was Norton's Ghost. Go
> > figger.
> >
> > Thanks for any help.
> >
> > Steve
> >
> >
> >
>
>

TripleEight
07-09-2005, 11:28 PM
"Lee Shipman" <lshipman01@charter.net> wrote in message
news:sGwhe.19581$rt1.5837@fe04.lga...
> There's software available to reset the password & allow you access to your
> computer. It'll obviously require that you have access to the internet to
> download & run it. Enter this into your web browser:
> http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/editor.html
>
> You can run the software from a floppy or a CD. There's a fair amount of
> reading to do before you get started, but on a hunch I tried it, accepting the
> default settings, and it worked fine for me (and for another person who
> actually did what you did!)
>
> Lee

Thanks for the link! Never knew Windows was so hackable :)

Lee Shipman
07-09-2005, 11:29 PM
"TripleEight" <888@msn.com> wrote in message
news:zbydnZ07aLJ0gxrfRVnygQ@eclipse.net.uk...
>
> "Lee Shipman" <lshipman01@charter.net> wrote in message
> news:sGwhe.19581$rt1.5837@fe04.lga...
>> There's software available to reset the password & allow you access to
>> your computer. It'll obviously require that you have access to the
>> internet to download & run it. Enter this into your web browser:
>> http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/editor.html
>>
>> You can run the software from a floppy or a CD. There's a fair amount of
>> reading to do before you get started, but on a hunch I tried it,
>> accepting the default settings, and it worked fine for me (and for
>> another person who actually did what you did!)
>>
>> Lee
>
> Thanks for the link! Never knew Windows was so hackable :)

I suppose it was inevitable that someone would address this problem. For
instance, if in a corporate environment an employee would assign himself a
password, then leave the company (or die!), there would certainly be a need
to get into that computer somehow.

Lee

TripleEight
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
"Lee Shipman" <lshipman01@charter.net> wrote in message
news:sGQhe.16767$sV7.181@fe02.lga...
> "TripleEight" <888@msn.com> wrote in message
> news:zbydnZ07aLJ0gxrfRVnygQ@eclipse.net.uk...
>>
>> "Lee Shipman" <lshipman01@charter.net> wrote in message
>> news:sGwhe.19581$rt1.5837@fe04.lga...
>>> There's software available to reset the password & allow you access to your
>>> computer. It'll obviously require that you have access to the internet to
>>> download & run it. Enter this into your web browser:
>>> http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/editor.html
>>>
>>> You can run the software from a floppy or a CD. There's a fair amount of
>>> reading to do before you get started, but on a hunch I tried it, accepting
>>> the default settings, and it worked fine for me (and for another person who
>>> actually did what you did!)
>>>
>>> Lee
>>
>> Thanks for the link! Never knew Windows was so hackable :)
>
> I suppose it was inevitable that someone would address this problem. For
> instance, if in a corporate environment an employee would assign himself a
> password, then leave the company (or die!), there would certainly be a need to
> get into that computer somehow.

I can think of another more common use for this...

Malke
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
TripleEight wrote:

>
> "Lee Shipman" <lshipman01@charter.net> wrote in message
> news:sGwhe.19581$rt1.5837@fe04.lga...
>> There's software available to reset the password & allow you access
>> to your
>> computer. It'll obviously require that you have access to the
>> internet to
>> download & run it. Enter this into your web browser:
>> http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/editor.html
>>
>> You can run the software from a floppy or a CD. There's a fair
>> amount of reading to do before you get started, but on a hunch I
>> tried it, accepting the default settings, and it worked fine for me
>> (and for another person who actually did what you did!)
>>
>> Lee
>
> Thanks for the link! Never knew Windows was so hackable :)

Nearly every time this subject comes up, someone comes along and
exclaims how "hackable" Windows is, which is a complete
misunderstanding of computer security. Physical access plus skill plus
time equals an owned box, regardless of the operating system(s)
installed.

Malke
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I locked myself out of XP