Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Hardware
Join Computer forums Today

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-23-2005, 01:16 PM   #1
Beta Member
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 2
Unhappy Windows Login Help.

My grandpa died recently and left me his Dell Latitude D400. There is a small problem though, the OS is Windows Xp Pro, and requires a password that my grandma doesn't know to login to the computer. The user name is there, just no password. I don't want to have to replace the hard drive just to use the computer. I don't have a problem with reformatting it either I just don't know how without being on the desktop, but I would like that to be the last option. So if there is anyway to get around putting the password in I would really like to know. Thanks a lot.

ringo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2005, 02:07 PM   #2
Golden Master
mammikoura's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 7,459
Send a message via MSN to mammikoura

Go to safe mode and try to access the admin account. If it is also password protected then I don't know what to do. And reformatting really ain't so hard if ur installing win XP. Just put the cd in, boot from the cd and follow instuctions. And if u want to delete all the stuff on the hdd then just delete the old partitions (this can be done after u have booted from the XP cd) and make new one(s).

mammikoura is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2005, 04:08 PM   #3
Solid State Member
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 19
Default Re: Windows Login Help.

There are password cracks that were developed in linux. If you google them you can probably find them. Is the guest account turned on? If so, there is one particular program that would work well. You copy a file to the guest acct. then you boot up to a disk that you make and it will let you wipe out the password or change the password by editing a file. Its actually really cool.

Forgot Administrator Password:

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

Or Use this Tool
joshbennett04 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2005, 04:12 PM   #4
Golden Master
jac006's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 5,810
Send a message via AIM to jac006
Default Re: Windows Login Help.

Let's stay on the legal side here...
but yeah, go into safe mode when you boot up and you should be able to get into the admin...
Macbook Pro and Logitech z5500s. All you really need.
jac006 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2005, 04:14 PM   #5
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 2,734
Default Re: Windows Login Help.

Once you get into the Administrator account, you can create a new account. Make sure it is a computer administrator account. Then you can restart, log into the new account, and delete the old account from there.

Another option is to reinstall Windows fresh since you don't care about reformatting. I would personally recommend this option just to clear any problems or anything else that might slow the computer down now or in the future. I always like to start with a clean slate.
catalyst is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:14 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0