Locked Myself Out.

  Jonno131 12:23 13 Nov 07

For reasons which escape me I decided yesterday to set up Windows to bypass the logon screen. (I'm the only user). I (thought) I followed the instructions in a Forum thread (Control Panel - User Accounts etc) but my PC crashed some time yesterday evening and I am asked for a password for the Administrator Account. The password I used during the procedure is not recognised so I cant get into Windows.Fortunately I recently created a Ubuntu boot CD so I can access all my data BUT:
1. Can I access the Windows Control Panel from Ubuntu to undo the damage or can I do anything in BIOS?
2. I have a full backup on a 2nd HD (using Genie Backup Manager), which I can access but I cant run the Restore under Ubuntu.
3. Can I access System Restore from Ubuntu?
4. As a last resort, will I be able to do a repair install and will the undo the damage?

Any other suggestions will be most welcome. (I've already had "If it aint broke dont fix it!"


  Devil Fish 14:04 13 Nov 07

when you put the password in you should be presented with a box

user name type if your user name is showing change it to administrator

then input administrator password

if you have already done this apologies

  Zion_Lion 14:20 13 Nov 07

Also dont forget that if you have never changed the defaul system administrator account or created a password all you need to do is like Devil Fish said, change the name to Administrator but also leave the password field blank.

  Zion_Lion 14:37 13 Nov 07

Have you tried safe mode I cant remember if XP askes for the admin password like Server 2003 does.

  Jonno131 21:58 13 Nov 07

Thanks people. The above put me on the right lines - leaving the password box blank got me back in.

Yes it still asks for a password for Safe Mode.


  Zion_Lion 23:11 13 Nov 07

No probs jonno131 and thank you for reminding me.
Don’t forget to close your post if you’re done though mate.
Regards ZL

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