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Unable To Log On To Windows 2000


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#1 ramona

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Posted 01 April 2006 - 09:27 PM

My son was setting up a router on my computer so that he could hook up his own computer via the router. Somehow he changed my password for windows on my computer. Try as he might, he has been unsuccessful at recalling what he set the password to. My computer boots up, but then asks for my password and of course my password doesn't work. What can i do?... and will i lose everything on my computer? I hope not as i have a lot of photos and songs etc i do not wish to lose.

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 12:28 AM

If you have a seperate "Administrator" try logging into with the old password.Generally users setup several accounts.

Administrator (default and cannot be deleted)
MyName (Probabily the one you are referring to)
Dad's (Can be limited or Admin)
Son's (Can be limited or Admin)

Hopefully you did not use Administrator for your primary account.
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Posted 02 April 2006 - 01:05 PM

As far as i know the user has always been Administrator. I have never had a different user name. I don't have a windows 2000 cd, but i could borrow my friends windows 98 and windows xp cds. If i do this, will i lose all my pictures and music i had on my computer?

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 08:33 PM

Hello.
You have to use the type of disk that came with the Windows. You will need a Windows 2000 Pro disk. If you try to use the other diskes you will loose all your data. If you install XP from you friends disk when you log onto the Microsoft web site to update Microsoft will disable the installed program on both computer.
Either buy the OEM verison of W2000 Pro or XP Pro, and do a clean install.
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Posted 07 April 2006 - 07:03 PM

There are some password recovery programs out there. Also, if you remove the cmos battery and put it back in you can reset the computer password.
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Posted 09 April 2006 - 08:35 PM

There are some password recovery programs out there. Also, if you remove the cmos battery and put it back in you can reset the computer password.


Removing the BIOS battery only resets a BIOS password, not the OS password. And if there isn't a password, you'd reset the BIOS to default, which may or may not have serious consequences.




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