Forgotten Password

  vassos 13:06 07 Feb 2007

Trying to get into my old laptop. Have totally forgotten my password and the hint is no help. How do I get the thing to open up please?

  VoG II 13:07 07 Feb 2007

Which version of Windows?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:31 07 Feb 2007

Is this a windows password or a laptop security password?

What make model of laptop?

  vassos 14:15 07 Feb 2007

The laptop is a Compaq Armada 1598DMT
The password is the laptop security password.
Windows XP is loaded.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:30 07 Feb 2007

When exactly does it ask for the password?

At the windows log on screen or before?

  vassos 14:32 07 Feb 2007

On opening the laptop, on windows log on

  Aargh 14:43 07 Feb 2007
  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:56 07 Feb 2007

1.Just press and hold "Ctrl" and "Alt" and press "Delete" twice while the Welcome Screen is displayed.

Type in "Administrator" as the username, and leave the password field blank
2.Reset password for Windows XP by hitting f8 at bootup, select safe mode, at logon, go to the admin account, hit enter, and the password is now reset.

If you created a password for the built-in administrator account, the above wont work!!
Also try

1- boot to the windows xp/2000 CD ,

2- press enter to start setup ,

3- press F8 for the license agreement ,

4- when you get the option to repair the current installation press R to do so ,

5- let it run through and for windows XP wait until it reboots and is installing, devices then

press shift F10 to open a command prompt. For windows 2000 wait until it is registering

components then press shift F10 to open a command prompt. ,

6- In windows XP either type in "nusrmgr.cpl" w/o quotation marks at the command prompt and press enter. For windows 2000 type in "control.exe" w/o quotation marks and press enter. This should open up the user accounts applet in XP and the regular control panel in 2000. ,

7- select the users and change or remove their passwords accordingly, apply settings and close the control panel windows and command prompt windows so that just setup is running again. ,

8- let the inplace upgrade finish.

The user should now be able to log in when it finishes and not have to reinstall the programs like in a parallel install.

  vassos 15:17 07 Feb 2007

Many thanks guys - seem to have gained access via the F8 route.

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