I just completed re-installing XP Pro. It asked me for the users name that will be used on this computer, but never asked for a password. Now when the logon screen appeasr with the user accounts it is asking for a password. How do I reset the pass word without actually being logged in?????
what if i lost the adminstrator passwrd...i checked it up and found this site
where anybdy can download programs n retrieve the passwrd...hmmm but hmmm so the win xp passwrd is really not much of a use? since anyone can retrive lost passwrds or unknown passwrds...hmm isit?
There is a fairly generic rule that any software authentication mechanism can be bypassed by someone with physical access to the system.
This is a requirement rather than a fault. They need to have a fallback for people to recover their systems from a forgotten password. They assume that someone who is physically at a console is trusted.
Thus you can even reload a cisco router to bypass the startup-config and bypass the password.