Windows XP Locked Out by New Password Requirement

  Itchy Fingers 14:44 01 Feb 2005
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I am using Windows XP Home. I never have a password on my system and only one account. Last week I did a Nortons Live Update that included a patch for Ghost V9. This caused Ghost to stop working. A few days later I ran Live update again and again a patch for Ghost was included (but judging by its download time it was of a smaller content. This may be a complete red herring but the next time I turned the PC on I was confronted by a new (standard MSP requests for an account password. I tried all my standard passwords but none worked. I tried changing the user name to Administrator and again a few passwords but this din't work either. I can go in under safe mode, but only as an Administrator, but I really think this is a Guest account as I can't change anything. Any Ideas before I reformat and reinstall?

  Diodorus Siculus 15:17 01 Feb 2005

Forgot the Administrator's Password?
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Any help?

  SEASHANTY 15:51 01 Feb 2005

Also single use on XP. Guest account disabled. When I switch on the PC, XP also asks me for a password. I have never selected any password but it still requests one each time I switch on the PC. I just leave the "password" field blank and click on "OK" and Windows XP then starts up every time.

  Itchy Fingers 19:22 12 Feb 2005

I looked at the options and descided to reinstall. Yes their is a web site that says that it can unlock, but I didn't know how safe it was. As I understood it you down loaded a file, that collected the data which was forwarded on to a central site that inturn sent back the Password. I didn't know if the data collected was just my XP Password or whether it also included my banking data - to risky for me.

I have now set a rescue floppy that is already part of Windows XP password management system.

I never learnt why the problem occured in the first place, so it could happen again. Thanks for your suggestions.

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