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XP Logon Password


Legslip

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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.

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Jollyjohn

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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.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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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

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Legslip

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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?

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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At the log in screen

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

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Legslip

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Thanks Fruit Bat. Will try tomorrow and advise.

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Legslip

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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?

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Legslip

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Sorry, it's XP!!!

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Legslip

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

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