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Old 11-21-2003, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I can't log on my laptop. It is a Gateway Laptop with XP. I've tried running it in safe mode and clicking on the Administrator and trying admin, administrator in both upper and lower case, as well as just hitting enter with no password at all. This does not work. I don't know much about the computer. My son usually handles all that and he is unavailable and will be for sometime. I've read different things about using another hard drive. Is there anything else I can try besides the hard drive option. Like I said I don't know anything about it or how to go about it. If no other option, can anyone explain the hard drive option to me in very simple, simple terms.


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Old 11-21-2003, 05:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Call your son and ask for the right password and username. Should be administrator but he could have changed it.

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Old 11-21-2003, 11:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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another option if the data is worth that much you could buy (winternals) and that allows you to change the admin password if it were forgotten. If the data wasnt all that important you could do the universal fix Reinstall the OS lol
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Old 11-23-2003, 10:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Well, Winterals is very expensive.
Here is a link to a free program that you can use to recover/change the administrator login. It requires burning it to a CD and then booting to this CD. I would read about it in great detail before using it.
The application is call EBCD (Emergency Boot CD)

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Old 11-23-2003, 09:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Can you login as Guest until he's available? You can still do some things, and save to a diskette.
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