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    Hello folks,

    I am an idiot. Just got a new Levovo laptop and blew my password entry. Don't know what I did, but the computer does not recognize the 3 letter p/w I thought I entered.

    The laptop has a fingerprint reader and I did set that up correctly. Twice I have been able to get into Win XP just using that. Don't know why really, but sometimes I'm not asked for the password if I swipe my finger.

    While I was in, I set up another admin account without a password so now I can get into the computer but I want to use the original log on if possible so that I don't have to change all the setting again.

    There is probably a way now that I have access to the registry.

    Any help would be appriciated.

    Dag

  • #2
    Re: Poor password proceedures

    Reset the password using the admin account you have access to.
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    • #3
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      Once I was logged in, on each account, I tried to change the original password but you must know the original to change it.

      Maybe there is another way but I need detailed instructions.

      Thanks,

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      • #4
        Re: Poor password proceedures

        Did you try to reset account A while logged into account B?
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        • #5
          Re: Poor password proceedures

          Originally posted by dag View Post
          Once I was logged in, on each account, I tried to change the original password but you must know the original to change it.

          Maybe there is another way but I need detailed instructions.

          Thanks,
          Log in with the OTHER account.

          Right-click "My Computer" - select "Manage".

          Expand "System Tools". Expand "Local Users and Groups". Click on "Users".

          In the right-hand pane, right-click the name of the user you want to reset, and select "Reset Password".

          *** Note that if you do this and the user has encrypted files, access to them will be lost ***

          If you get a warning, click "Yes". Type the new password twice, and click "OK". Click "OK".

          It is done.


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          • #6
            Re: Poor password proceedures

            Originally posted by Stonelaughter View Post
            *** Note that if you do this and the user has encrypted files, access to them will be lost ***
            Huh???? by just resetting a password?
            I can't imagine, because you aren't creating a new profile.
            The certificates are stored in the profile and not against a password...

            Otherwise do you have a source for that??
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            • #7
              Re: Poor password proceedures

              StoneLaughter's post worked. Thanks.

              Only one weird problem. After I switched users, back to the original with the new password, the screen went blank. It did that before after I switched users. Don't know what get the screen back on again but it involved several restarts and pressing the 'ThinkVantage' key.

              I'm sure this is not the usual problem for this forum but who knows, maybe someone has the fix for this problem.

              Thanks again,

              Dag

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              • #8
                Re: Poor password proceedures

                Originally posted by Dumber View Post
                Huh???? by just resetting a password?
                I can't imagine, because you aren't creating a new profile.
                The certificates are stored in the profile and not against a password...

                Otherwise do you have a source for that??
                What about the dialog box which comes up when you reset a password on a local machine?? LOL

                The gist is (I'll try and find the article) the user can change their OWN password without any problem. If their password is RESET, however, by an admin, they will lose access to their files (unless the recovery agent is used).


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                • #9
                  Re: Poor password proceedures

                  Here you go...

                  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290260/en-us


                  Tom
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                  • #10
                    Re: Poor password proceedures

                    Oh my.....
                    You are Resetting the password for user name. If you do this, user name will lose all EFS-encrypted files, personal certificate, and stored passwords for Web sites or network resources.

                    To avoid data loss because of a password reset in the future, create a password recovery disk to reset the password and have users change their own password while logged in.
                    That isn't really a good thing from XP.
                    And about the dialog box... errr I never read it
                    And usually I work in a domain environment. At home I use OSX
                    Last edited by Dumber; 29th September 2008, 21:52.
                    Marcel
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                    MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
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                    "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
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                    • #11
                      Re: Poor password proceedures

                      *chuckle*

                      Thanks for the rep points...


                      Tom
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                      • #12
                        Re: Poor password proceedures

                        You're welcome
                        Marcel
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