• Ask the person who gave it to you for the password. Failing that, you may need to reinstall Windows.
  • Boot it up in safe mode: After several screens this should bring you to the familiar 'Welcome' screen, except the colors will be reduced to 256 colors and 640x480 resolution because the primary graphics will have been set to the Windows Safe Mode software VGA adapter. You will not be able to change this mode even in Display options, while Windows is running in Safe Mode. The 'Welcome' screen might display some of the users you had configured on your system, but most importantly it should display an icon for the user "Administrator". If the default settings of your system haven't been changed, there should be no password for this account. Login and Press 'No' at the prompt, asking if you would like to continue using System Restore Mode and continue on to the User Settings in your control panel. Here you can change any of the other passwords for any other user on the account. Make the changes you want and then reboot your computer. As long as you don't press any keys (i.e. F8) during the boot-up this time, the computer will boot normally. You can then login as the User for which you set the password..
  • Give this a try : as PC starts enter safe mode F8 Then go to control panel User’s accounts Choose “Administrator” once in then choose the account you wish to change the password on Then choose change password Set new password, close all windows and reboot Enter new password and you should be in Or create another account once in there and set password for it and delete old one its your choice, I tend to do first one just to get in and then come back and do second one later.
  • I would like to introduce you a very good windows password recovery tool 2.0. It not only supports XP, 2003, 2000, and NT, I have personally tested it with Vista Home Premium and Ultimate. It works perfectly to reset any local user account to a blank password You can use the ISO to burn a boot CD. Follow these instructions: 1. Download Windows Password Recovery Tool ISO file 2. Burn to a CD using a CD burning tool such as Nero or Roxio or MagicISO 3. Insert CD into drive and reboot. 4. You may have to select an option in the BIOS to get the computer to boot from the CD. Booting up and clearing a password takes a minute or two works like a charm. Note: This information is from:
  • Thankfully there is no need to reinstall or fiddle around with a control panel you can't actually get into... just use this password reset CD :)
  • Windows Password Recovery Tool worked perfectly! Thanks!

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