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Lost user name and password for windows xp professional


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#1 lawdy

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 05:09 PM

How can I start my Dell inspiron 8500 lap top without a user name and password.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 05:14 PM

Hello, and Welcome

 

Is this a standard username and password for a Windows account? If you tap F8 for safe mode, you will see another account called Administrator. There is no password for the Administrator account unless one was added.



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Posted 03 August 2015 - 06:32 PM

Are you saying that you don't get the login screen?

 

More details on your situation...would not hurt.

 

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 05:47 AM

Are you saying that you don't get the login screen?

 

More details on your situation...would not hurt.

 

Louis

 

No he meant that he forgot/lost his username and password for his Windows XP running Dell Inspirion 8500 laptop and he wants to know if there is any way to start it up without needing to use a username and password or bypass it.



#5 lawdy

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 09:10 AM

The windows login is asking for a user name and pass word.

I don't remember the user name, however I do have the password.

This computer was setup with a user name years ago and for some reason it will not open up with the user name in the user name box. The pass word was always keyed in. 

Starting in safe mode using "Administrator" as the user name does not work.

 

Thank you.



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Posted 04 August 2015 - 09:45 AM

When you boot into safe mode the login screen does not look like this? It should show "Administrator"

 

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Or does it look like this. Using Administrator as a name and a blank password does not work?

 

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If you need the username then download the Offline Registry Editor Here. You will need to create a bootable disk. You can see what the user name is. Here is a guide on it's use



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Posted 04 August 2015 - 10:58 AM

JohnC,

The second login screen is the screen that I'm working with.

Will the offline registry editor work with the windows XP OS.



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Posted 04 August 2015 - 11:22 AM

Yes, when you boot and run the program you can reset the password on any account. You should also be able to see what users on on the computer. Using that you may be able to simply login with the password and the user name you forgot.

 

DANGER WILL ROBINSON!
If password is reset on users that have EFS encrypted files, and the system is XP or newer, all encrypted files for that user will be UNREADABLE! and cannot be recovered unless you remember the old password again
If you don't know if you have encrypted files or not, you most likely don't have them. (except maybe on corporate systems)

 



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Posted 04 August 2015 - 11:48 AM

Thanks for your help,

I'll try the editor and will let you know if I'm able to boot up.



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Posted 06 August 2015 - 02:31 PM

If nothing else works you can just "bruteforce" the username. Like if this is your computer then just type your real life name in






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