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ok, so my in-laws put a password on their computer to keep their son off it when they arent around. stupidly they didnt memorize it well enough or keep it written down somewhere so they now can't get on their computer. ive never had to deal with this myself so i dont know what to do off the top of my head, and rather than waste time poking around their computer figuring it out i thought i'd post it up here and see if anyone knew a solution to getting past the password.

they are using windows XP.... i assume its home edition and SP2 but not positive

thannks for anyhelp
 

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ok if they didnt set a password on the administrator account you can remove the password from the account your trying to get into.

1. At The welcome screen hit ctrl+alt+delete and you will end up in an alternate login (note it sometimes dont work for me so i just click anywhere on the welcome screen then do ctrl+alt+delete and it works)

2. for Username put in Administrator and hit ok. if it doesnt have a password youll be able to get in. If it does check to see if your in-laws know it.

3. When you get in go to control panel>user accounts

4. click on the account on the bottom of the user accounts window that you are trying to get into.

5. then click "Remove My Password"

hope that helps
 

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about that link john will there is a warning

If used on users that have EFS encrypted files, and the system is XP, all encrypted files for that user will be UNREADABLE! and cannot be recovered unless you remember the old password again If you don't know if you have encrypted files or not, you most likely don't have them. (except maybe on corporate systems)
 

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If they can't remember the password then any encrypted files are gone regardless. There is no solution for that. The link JohnWill posted will get them into Windows again.

Fortunately, not many home users encrypt their files.
 
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