RE: Logon Passwords
From: Wrong again (again_at_discussions.microsoft.com)
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 08:49:57 -0700
XP security is not the tightest. I've been here two minutes and everybody is asking how to login without the password and the typical response is you can't. Well guess what you can...
www.lostpassword.com has a tool to reset the admin password. When you login as admin you can then change the other user passwords. I've done this lots of times. This tool is not free to download so if you need it just once it's not worth buying it.
Also XP Home can't join a domain so it's not on a domain. Just a stand a lone workstation, maybe on a peer to peer but it doesn't matter.
"Matthew Mucker [MSFT]" wrote:
> The answer is simple: you can't.
> Passwords wouldn't do anyone much good if they could be so easily bypassed,
> would they?
> Seriously, user passwords are a fundamental part of Windows security.
> There's no way to circumvent the use of a password to log on.
> If the machine is part of a domain, you can have a domain administrator
> change the user's password (if the user is a domain user) or log on to the
> local machine and change the local user's password (if the user is a local
> If the machine is part of a workgroup, there's not much you can do if you
> can't get in touch with the user.
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> >I have an XP home machine on which the user has added a password in order
> to allow logon to the PC. The administrator and guest accounts are both
> switched off and the user is on leave and unavailabe for several weeks. My
> question is "how can i bypass the password prompt on the welcome screen in
> order to allow other users to access this machine?" Thanks