#1
hi, could you help me? i got a laptop from my aunt the other day but the only account she has the passsword for doesn't have admin privelages. so i can't do anything on it basically, not even internets i need a way to login to the computer itself instead of the non admin work account, but my aunt doesn't know the password anymore.
does anyone know a way to do this? i tried using password changer software but it won't let me install stuff
its running xp proffesional btw.

i'm just waiting for people to start saying "delete ur system32 files!!1! l0lz 1t h4xs c0mput3hrs!!""

thanks

ps. i will love you forever if you can solve this!!
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Quote by Captain Howdy
hi, could you help me? i got a laptop from my aunt the other day but the only account she has the passsword for doesn't have admin privelages. so i can't do anything on it basically, not even internets i need a way to login to the computer itself instead of the non admin work account, but my aunt doesn't know the password anymore.
does anyone know a way to do this? i tried using password changer software but it won't let me install stuff
its running xp proffesional btw.

i'm just waiting for people to start saying "delete ur system32 files!!1! l0lz 1t h4xs c0mput3hrs!!""

thanks

ps. i will love you forever if you can solve this!!

Try booting into safemode. should be F10 during startup.
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#3
i'll try, thanks
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#5
Can you get to the login screen? Because with XP, if you ctrl+alt+del at the login screen twice it takes you to where you log in manually, have username: Administrator and by default it has no password. Instant administrator access!
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#6
I don't think safe mode will change anything, if it would that'd be a serious security flaw. The easiest thing to do is get an Win XP cd and clean install that. All the stuff on the laptop will be deleted though.
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XP Pro is the best OS ever, btw.


Eh... I'm trying not to laugh...

Ok, I laughed. You, sir, are a fool. Have you ever used another operating system besides the Windows series for more than 1 hour? Didn't think so. Linux and linux-like operating systems cannot be beat.

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I don't think safe mode will change anything, if it would that'd be a serious security flaw. The easiest thing to do is get an Win XP cd and clean install that. All the stuff on the laptop will be deleted though.


You know Windows is no stranger to security flaws.
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#8
well i want to run linux on it, i can't install anything without admin
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#9
YEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

wow, i didn't expect that to work, fishyesque, i officially love you!!
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#10
Quote by Muphin
Eh... I'm trying not to laugh...

Ok, I laughed. You, sir, are a fool. Have you ever used another operating system besides the Windows series for more than 1 hour? Didn't think so. Linux and linux-like operating systems cannot be beat.


You know Windows is no stranger to security flaws.


yeah thats totally true, because you know, most software isnt designed for windows!

seriously, get your smug head out of your arse and stop smelling your own farts. i actually hate elitist douches like you.
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Quote by HeliuM
I don't think safe mode will change anything, if it would that'd be a serious security flaw. The easiest thing to do is get an Win XP cd and clean install that. All the stuff on the laptop will be deleted though.


nop, not all stuff, just contents of user folder such as "my documents"
other harddrive contents should be ok if you choose not to format
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yeah thats totally true, because you know, most software isnt designed for windows!

seriously, get your smug head out of your arse and stop smelling your own farts. i actually hate elitist douches like you.


He's not being elitist at all, or I don't think so. What does it matter what most software is designed for?

And btw, if you could run things (intranet) without it in Windows, logging in without admin privileges will help, if not prevent, you from getting viruses. That's what Linux does, and it seems to work pretty well (sarcasm intended. Linux VERY rarely gets viruses).
#13
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YEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

wow, i didn't expect that to work, fishyesque, i officially love you!!


Just for you!

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#14
i was gonna say if that didnt work there is a way to change passwords in DOS, without requiring the old password.

and i also think youd better be careful who youre calling nerds TS, considering your posting on an internet forum
#15
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Eh... I'm trying not to laugh...

Ok, I laughed. You, sir, are a fool. Have you ever used another operating system besides the Windows series for more than 1 hour? Didn't think so. Linux and linux-like operating systems cannot be beat.


You know Windows is no stranger to security flaws.


Ok, I admit, I have never used Linux, but I do use a Mac regularly, and my XP beats the tar out of it. I should have said that XP is the best mainstream OS.
#16
Can you burn a CD from another computer? If you can, then burn this and use it:

http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/

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You know Windows is no stranger to security flaws.


Many Linux applications and libraries you use daily are widely regarded as some of the worst examples of coding practices to date. Not to mention the OS by default lacks important protection against certain types of vulnerabilities, although there are third party patches available (e.g. grsec/PaX) that help some.

I could go on for ages, as you know. We've been down this road before many times. I admit that MS doesn't have a great history, but they've really stepped up the game in the past few years and have excelled beyond basically all other software vendors, from a security perspective at least. Their security research center employs a lot of well known and very smart individuals, they are the only mainstream vendor that incorporates a secure development lifecycle into their development cycle, and they are constantly getting better. Their past sucks, they won't deny it, but they've stepped it up lately.
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Many Linux applications and libraries you use daily are widely regarded as some of the worst examples of coding practices to date. Not to mention the OS by default lacks important protection against certain types of vulnerabilities, although there are third party patches available (e.g. grsec/PaX) that help some.


I said Windows was no stranger to security flaws, not that Linux didn't ever have any.

Of course, the Linux kernel can be fixed up much more efficiently than Windows or Mac OSX because anyone can contribute. You don't have to be a programmer to feel this benefit. Those third-party patches aren't exactly third-party, since this is open-source software. The code just wasn't developed by the 'official' Linux team, but any tested and true code is still implemented by most distros, including my own.

And let's not forget how Windows requires oh so much third-party software (Norton, McAfee virus scanners. AdAware and other malware destroyers, etc.) This software is such a pain in the ass, and it even costs more money on top of the $300+ you paid for Windows.

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I could go on for ages, as you know. We've been down this road before many times. I admit that MS doesn't have a great history, but they've really stepped up the game in the past few years and have excelled beyond basically all other software vendors, from a security perspective at least. Their security research center employs a lot of well known and very smart individuals, they are the only mainstream vendor that incorporates a secure development lifecycle into their development cycle, and they are constantly getting better. Their past sucks, they won't deny it, but they've stepped it up lately.


Agreed, it's getting better. The problem is that the general market for Windows are idiots, who think that downloading a ton of porn and movies from sketchy P2P networks won't give them a bunch of malicious software. I have run Windows without getting screwed by malware, but simply because I know what's out there and where I can get it. So to stop this, Windows has to annoy their users with alerts and limitations. Not good.

Most Linux users know a thing or two about computing and the internet, and they'll know how to protect their machine against malware, not that it's much of a threat on Linux.
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#18
safe mode worked for me, if its factory made and is brand new it should have the original administrators acount on it, that dosnt have a password, safe mode does work so dont hate me, it worked on 4 compuiters that had the same problem on, only one time did it not work.
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