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User Accounts in XP 12 years 7 months ago #3302

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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?????

Please HEEELLLPPP!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: User Accounts in XP 12 years 7 months ago #3304

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I think this site has exactly what you are looking for:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;321305
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Re: User Accounts in XP 12 years 7 months ago #3320

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hi neon..
what if i lost the adminstrator passwrd...i checked it up and found this site
sniptools.com/vault/lost-my-windows-xp-p...-login-and-start.htm
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?
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Re: User Accounts in XP 12 years 7 months ago #3323

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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.

Its a feature :)
Sahir Hidayatullah.
Firewall.cx Staff - Associate Editor & Security Advisor
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Thank You 12 years 7 months ago #3330

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Thanks everyone for your help!!!!!!!!

God Bless
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Re: User Accounts in XP 12 years 7 months ago #3335

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Yeah I like that feature of Cisco routers, just incase you forget thats why they demand that all wiring closet should be restricted for physical access *duh* :)
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