WINDOWS XP LOST PASSWORD?

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Hello,

I bought a eMachines W3650 from my local library, they sold them off at a auction, I won the PC and I got it running and when I turned the PC on I ran into the Microsoft Windows XP Professional password with, username slot and a password slot, username slot automatically says " administrator ", I

Hello,

I bought a eMachines W3650 from my local library, they sold them off at a auction, I won the PC and I got it running and when I turned the PC on I ran into the Microsoft Windows XP Professional password with, username slot and a password slot, username slot automatically says " administrator ", I went back to the library so they can take the password off and they couldn't remember the ADMINISTRATOR password, I spent about 30min on the web looking for a way to bypass the password some how but all those ways required a Operating System CD or the "password", I read that the ADMINISTRATOR password is Administrator if it was never changed, the library changed the password and completely forgot it, SO what I'm asking is can somebody please tell me is there ANY way of bypass this password WITHOUT a CD, I DONT care if it requires the whole system to be restored to factory settings Is my new computer only good for parts or can I bypass the password some how???

Serious answers only please

Thanks a lot!

Best Answer:

Ron: If you are planning to keep everything in tack, then use a Linux Live Distro (any will do), I would recommend that you use something like Linux Mint (Cinnamon or Mate will do) http://www.linuxmint.com/ .

Create a LiveUSB with UNetbootin http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ (this will also allow you to download an iso image so that you don't have to do any other steps).

Once done, Boot into the USB and load Linux Mint. From there, load up the file manager, click on the HDD and mount the HDD. Go to the folder > Windows > System32 > config , right click the mouse and open terminal. Then input:

su
chntpw –l SAM

in your case, it will most likely be :

chntpw –u Administrator SAM

then select 1 and hit y (for yes).

Lastly input : reboot.

The password should be zeroed; I have had to do this a couple of times.

More instructions here http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-v…

This may also be another option which is easier (though I have not tried it myself) http://www.supergrubdisk.org/rescatux/

Other answer:

Ron:
Go back to the library and DEMAND to speak to one of the System IT Administrators, They have a log record of Everything that has been done to that box! Do not take an answer other than "OK, just a minute." Take the tower with you.

If you really want to throw them for a loop, just mention that you'll be forced to go to Microsoft and tell them the library sold you a system with a full version of windows on it.. a feat that violated Windows licensing agreement with the library.

Troubleshooter-Trev:
Have you tried the OBVIOUS passwords like administrator, admin, or just hitting ENTER? Also look for any other stickers on the case that might show what it could be. (On the INSIDE of the case too)

The problem you would have now with reinstalling Win XP is that you would not get it activated (but it would be possible to install).

Me2:
"violated Windows licensing agreement with the library"

Oh, that's extremely unlikely.  The OEM license agreement states that the hardware and the Windows installation are a single product.  If you sell the hardware, Windows goes with it, and vice versa.

And don't think for a moment that the IT guys don't know that …

Irene:
Recover Your windows Password – http://tinyurl.com/dbv1shrQLw
Rude:
Turn off you computer directly when it ask for run windows in normal mode ,then select from there start windows in save mode then it will not ask you for any password windows will open normly then go to control panel and user setting remove the password from administrator account
HaZe:
Try and restore your computer to factory settings, backing up all files that you want to keep to a hard drive or USB. :/
Math:
You will almost certainly need to do a full factory reset.

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