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#1 Bead87


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Posted 04 May 2011 - 09:14 AM

My son has had his backpack stolen & his notebook he keeps his passwords in was in it. He has not had to use his password to log on in a long time. The problem is, now for some reason XP is requesting his password. He only uses the laptop for his music & for his school work. Now he can't get access to any of it because he can't remember which password he was currently using. He says he's afraid to try different ones because something about if you get it wrong three times it will screw it up permanently. Is there any way for him to find out which one he used without going through all the ones he can remember?

HELP! He's going crazy without his ipod!

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 10:07 AM


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Posted 05 May 2011 - 07:46 PM

Is this a laptop that was given to him by the school or is it a corporate laptop? Usually the three strikes your locked out rule only applies to a computer that is associated with Active Directory. If it is his personal laptop then there should be no consequences for retrying the windows password multiple times. If there is a three strikes your out rule and you lock it just call the admin team responsible for AD and have them reset the password.

You mentioned that the laptop had been stolen and I understand that it has been returned? You also mentioned that windows did not require a password before but now does? If both of these are the case it sounds like the computer has been hacked and this password system deliberately setup this way. I would suggest re imaging the computer to factory defaults as a stolen computer with changed security settings may pose a security risk itself. The self proclaimed administrator of the computer may have access to the computer and the information contained within.

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