I locked myself out of XP Pro



Stevie
07-10-2005, 01:03 AM
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 (also posted this to the MS public xp "general" forum)

Rick \Nutcase\ Rogers
07-10-2005, 01:03 AM
Hi,

System Restore would not help you, it will not reset your account to being
active. You should have a default administrator account, access it by
hitting ctrl+alt+delete twice at the logon screen, then type it in. If you
do not know the password, and just hitting <enter> doesn't work, then go
about half way down this page:
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/win_xp_passwords.htm. Once logged in as
administrator, you can reactivate your account.

--
Best of Luck,

Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

"Stevie" <NoSpam@alltel.net> wrote in message
news:abee4$4286678c$8b370516$24062@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 (also posted this to the MS public xp "general" forum)
>
>
>
>

Stevie
07-10-2005, 01:03 AM
Thanks Rick. I got it fixed by making a bootable CD at
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/ which allowed me to reset the
Administrator password to *blank*.

Thanks for your quick reply.. it is appreciated. That looks like it would do
the trick, as well. I'm saving the link to kelly-korner for future
reference.

Steve


"Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" <rick@mvps.org> wrote in message
news:e5dKDxMWFHA.3280@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Hi,
>
> System Restore would not help you, it will not reset your account to being
> active. You should have a default administrator account, access it by
> hitting ctrl+alt+delete twice at the logon screen, then type it in. If you
> do not know the password, and just hitting <enter> doesn't work, then go
> about half way down this page:
> http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/win_xp_passwords.htm. Once logged in as
> administrator, you can reactivate your account.
>
> --
> Best of Luck,
>
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
> www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
>
> "Stevie" <NoSpam@alltel.net> wrote in message
> news:abee4$4286678c$8b370516$24062@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 (also posted this to the MS public xp "general" forum)
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
>


I locked myself out of XP Pro