Either boot into safe mode and see if the 'default' administrator account is still left unpassworded, or make yourself a disk using something like this.
Hope this helps.
ok, I set up a home laptop for my inlaws. The dada in law then set about trying to set permissions and screwed it all up.
He cant remember what admin password he set up so is there a way of getting in & resetting the admin password or recovering it??
I would just go with a clean install of XP. Then you know anything else he has changed has been reset.
For the OP: That's what I linked to in my post so thats 3 votes.
Another vote for offline password editor here. It's on Ultimate Boot disk.
I have the Trinity Rescue Kit set to boot from my USB pendrive. TRK has a winpass script to reset the administrator password.
Trinity Rescue Kit or TRK is a free live Linux distribution that aims specifically at recovery and repair operations on Windows machines, but is equally usable for Linux recovery issues.
It is possible to boot TRK in three different ways:
-as a bootable CD which you can burn yourself from a downloadable isofile
-from a USB stick/disk (optionally also a fixed disk), installable from Windows or from the bootable TRK cd
-from network over PXE, which requires some modifications on your local network.
TRK is a complete commandline based distribution, apart from a few tools like qtparted, links, partition image and midnight commander
Or you can use password_reset_v2.0 ;-)
Its really simple and does the job!
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