09-16-2011 6:01 AM
I have a five plus year old HP desktop PC with XP Media Center Edition (SP2). Yesterday, the wifey noticed that no web pages were loading. Once in a great while, I have had to restart the PC to remedy this issue.
I had an errand to run, so I told her to restart the PC. I got a cell phone call from her and she stated that some screen came up, wanting a password.
I came home and it was a Windows login screen. There was a user account (one I must have created) and Administrator. I have never had to log into windows like this before (maybe since I bought it). I tried the user one (we'll call it "dhpc") but the icons, background and such were not what I had been using.
So, I must have always ran the PC in administrator mode. I do not ever recall having an admin password but I sure can't get into the admin user.
So, how is the best way of cracking, resetting or deleting this admin password? One free tool from MS requires SP3 which I don't have.
Many of the free tools that I have seen here, require a boot CD being made. Is there any other free way of cracking, resetting or deleting the admin password?
09-27-2011 6:18 AM - edited 09-27-2011 6:41 AM
Thanks but this is solved. I tried a generic password for the admin user and it worked and I tried my own password for the "dhpc" user and it worked. So I no longer need to crack or delete a password.
So my next step is to delete the dhpc user account, then it should auto=logon.
EDIT: Hopefully the instructions under "Delete User Account" here will help me remove user account dhpc.
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