Re: how to bypass administrative password

frances1961 wrote:

my pc shut down.....n now when i switch it on it is asking for the
administrative password....i bought this pc second hand & havent got a
clue how to bypass this section.....everything i have tried n believe
me i have tried ( reprogramming it ....... tried recovery disc) each
time it still asks for this admin password.... i am not connected to a
network ....i am based at home...i have tried entering my user name &
password ......still it tells me that the system cannot log me
on.....somebody please help!!!! before i wreck this tower........

In XP Home, boot the computer into Safe Mode. Do this by repeatedly
tapping the F8 key as the computer is starting up. This will get you to
the right menu. Navigate using your Up arrow key; the mouse will not
work here. Once in Safe Mode, you will see the normally hidden
Administrator account. The default password is a blank.

In XP Pro, you do not need to go into Safe Mode. At the Welcome Screen,
do Ctrl-Alt-Del twice to get the classic Windows logon box. Type in
"Administrator" and whatever password you assigned when you set up

If you reset the built-in Administrator account's password in Home or
have Pro and don't remember the password, use NTpasswd to change the
built-in Administrator account's password to a blank.

Then go to the User Accounts applet in Control Panel and set passwords
that you will remember and make other desired changes.

With second-hand computers, it is best practice to do a clean install of
Windows. Although you don't need to do this to solve your current
problem, it would be wise not to keep someone else's traces on your
machine. - Clean Install How-To - What
you will need on-hand

Elephant Boy Computers
"Don't Panic!"
MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User

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