XP Logon Password

  Legslip 10:55 AM 16 Jun 13

My friend has been given a laptop on departure from her old company. However, when she switches it on, it searches for a network connection and asks for a Username and Password. She can't remember them as it was a while ago she left.

Is there any way of recovering these or destroying them to make the machine usable? It asks for the same in Safe Mode.

  Jollyjohn 11:19 AM 16 Jun 13

Here is a link to a site where you can download a password reset program. It needs to be put on a cd and boot from cd. http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/ Select the option to unlock the account and after a reboot it should let you in.

If not the only other option would be to re install the OS.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:25 AM 16 Jun 13

Use ophcrack to reset the Admin password

Log in as the administrator

Create a new account

Copy over any thing you want from the old account to the new one

then delete the old account

  Legslip 12:55 PM 16 Jun 13

Struggling with this. Tried JollyJohns Pogostick and after trying to delete Pwds I still get at boot with XP PRo 'preparing network connections'. Then I get 'the system could not log you on. Make sure your username and domain are correct etc'.

Any further assist?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:24 PM 16 Jun 13

At the log in screen

Username select "Administrator" Domain select "?????this laptop"

  Legslip 19:35 PM 16 Jun 13

Thanks Fruit Bat. Will try tomorrow and advise.

  Legslip 12:35 PM 17 Jun 13

Thanks all. Cracked it! Used Ophcrack and removed Pwds and logged in with a Username that showed. Prob 1 solved!

Prob 2.... I now want to Factory Restore the laptop. It is an HP 2230s. I am now in Vista and can see a HP Recovery Sector on D: but there is nothing listed to access it via START- PROGRAMS. I have tried on Boot, ESC then F11 but that just takes me back to Windows. Any ideas how I can Fact. Restore?

  Legslip 12:36 PM 17 Jun 13

Sorry, it's XP!!!

  Legslip 13:40 PM 17 Jun 13

Don't worry people. Going to reformat completely. Thanks for all your help and assistance.


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