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I Can't Get In!

I Can't Get In!
by Gary Woods

If you've ever forgotten your XP password there are some things that you can do to try to get back into your computer. First, try logging in under a different account that has Administrator Privileges. Any administrator account can reset the password of all other accounts.

If you're not using the XP log-in screen you can try logging in with the account named Administrator which is hidden of if you're using the XP log-in screen try pressing <ctr>+<alt>+<del>.

If no other accounts exist on your computer you can try a free download called Ophcrack. You can get it at and then burn it to a disc. You then boot from that CD and watch Ophcrack find your password.

There is also a tool that can reset your password if everything else fails. If you use this kind of tool however you should be award that there is some risk of losing your data or corruption of some of your files. The two tools are named Offline NT Password & Registry Editor and Emergency Boot CD

If you're like me and password protect your BIOS you can try resetting or bypassing the password. There's a program called BIOS Password recover But if that doesn't work you can replace the battery and reset the jumper to its original position and then re-boot.

But the best thing to do is write down your password and keep it some place safe that you can find it in case of emergency. Now don't say I didn't warn you!.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. You can hear Gary on the Radio at 1290 AM Monday 9-10 AM and he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc