Howdy folks. I am running windows XP Pro edition. I have 3 user accounts, Dave (non-admin for safety reasons), Run for the hills (admin), and the dreaded Guest. Now, when I tried to log into my admin account (i am the only computer user), I put in my password CORRECTLY 3 times. I know it was correct, because I had briefly logged out, and was logging back in. However, it has said that the account is locked and to contact the administrator. Thats not going to help one bit... Im not sure why it has done this, but this is also why I keep un-passworded accounts. Does anyone know any legal way to get back into the admin account that doesnt involve formatting my comp - im fed up of doing that. Many thanks in advance. Regards. Dave
The only time I've heard of this happening, is when the Admin passwords option "This password will never Expire" is disabled.
Try Downloading Knoppix Linux, or another Live CD OS. Boot up from it, and edit your Admin profile. I've never done it for Windows NT/2000/XP, but it is possible, without a reformat.
You should have an admininstrator account. If you didn't make a password, try putting in "administrator" in the username.
Thats where he is having the problem. With his Administration account. The only one with Admin priviledges, and a password.
He's also the only one who uses the PC. So whoever changed the password (if it was changed) did not have his permission. Such as a friend, family member, or Hacker through the internet.
Jedi Master DavetheFo I had briefly logged out, and was logging back in. However, it has said that the account is locked and to contact the administrator.
That Guest account is dreaded for a reason, you can disable it you know...
If you were plugged into the modem (DSL, or Cable) at the time, I wouldn't be suprised if it was hacked.
Well, your in luck my friend...suprises me that few people know this. Simply restart your computer and go into safemode [push F8] while your compuer goes through it's loading sequences. Pick any of the following that appears once you reach the safemode "choose" screen. Then you'll get a login screen like before. Click on ::Administrator:: Once your in Safemode go to the control panel, click on the "user account" [then pick yours] and then click on "remove password." -Then Restart Computer. *Note: Normally if you try to do this step within windows, it will prompt you to put in the password before your allowed to remove it. But how can you if you don't know it [example] Don't get administrator rights mixed up with the administrator account. They're entirely different. You now can access the account you took password off of. You can now log in...
Im quite honestly shocked that such an option even exists...
I will try this one out tommorow when I switch my PC back on.
My PC is on broadband, so the guess it was hacked was probably right. I'd better be getting a firewall.
I didn't make it!
Ok log into the guest or dave accounts....the start > run > type cmd > enter > in the command promot type:
net user administrator NEW PASS HERE
net user administrator abcmypass123
it works for all accounts :)
Shizzle my nizzle
28th July 2004
If this works, it's a major flaw in Windows. Any person who has stolen a PC can access the data.
If you don't believe me then try out for yourself...
it was possible at one time to hack into a winxp comp and loggin as a guest wia the quick user switch option that winxp introduced. i believe it was fixed tho, but i would recommend turning it off just incase for added security and it also save on proccessing and ram space. I know of all the methods for solving your problem mentioned above, and when i think of all of the solutions, it makes me wonder why i never get hacked myself, or why i even use windows. windows is so damn vulnerable, its pathetic.