What is ransomware and how do I protect my PC from WannaCry?
How did my son bypass my xp password, and then make an administrator account? He said it was easy but would not let on how he did it. He did not have my password. I need to show him he is not so computer savvy as he thinks he is. Up until now I have been well ahead please help to keep me there. How can I prevent him doing this again?
Reset password for Windows XP by hitting f8 at bootup, select safe mode, at logon, go to the admin account, hit enter, and the password is now reset.
Just press and hold "Ctrl" and "Alt" and press "Delete" twice while the Welcome Screen is displayed.
Type in "Administrator" as the username, and leave the password field blank
You will not believe now many times I have managed to get into someone's computer this way when they said they can't remember their password.
If you create a password for the built-in administrator account, these wont work!!
I have tried those however he did not change my password or delete it, so which do you think he used?
He didn't need your password if he used the method described above
Thanks, to all, I will make sure there is an administrator account set up permanently then he will have to ask nicely to use my computer. I can hold my head up high again.
that simple using cmd and type net user and then type net user yourusername *
press enter it will prompt u to enter the password again...sooo simple..search it on youtube they have video explanation.
Would it not be possible to prevent access to the PC by using the BIOS password settings? If so, then I believe only a reset of the BIOS to factory defaults by using the MoBO reset contacts would clear the password and allow access.
I used this method in the past to prevent unauthorised use of my home business machine. Now I just use a withdrawable HDD bay and turn the bay off, or remove it to prevent access.
(this boot floppy also acts as a rescue disk if these files fail on your HDD)
1. Set to boot from CD or floppy as first boot device
2. Burn boot files to a password protected CD or floppy
First format a Floppy disc
Format A: /u
Then open Notepad and copy and Paste this
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, first partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, second partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, third partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="First harddisk, fourth partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, first partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, second partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, third partition" /sos
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Second harddisk, fourth partition" /sos
C:\="Previous Operating System on C:\"
in Notepad as BOOT.INI
Then in search find
Add these to the floppy disc
you can now try starting your computer with the floppy disc
3. Remove the boot files from the hard drive,( so will nolonger boot from HDD even if reconfigured in BIOS.
If booting from HDD will come up with error message NTLDR missing or corrupt.
4. Hide CD / floppy (but do not lose).
Next time He switches the PC on he'll think he's broken it.
Thanks everyone that should keep me on top of things. I like the removal of boot files, that should make him think!
Oh, that's wicked :)
I like it
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