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    I've read all of the documents on what you guys offer on this and I'm afraid to use the repairing OS method (which seems to be the only method I could pull off).

    The thing is I forgot the password to the user account, which was also an admin account. I've booted up to safe mode and doing the ctrl alt delete thing, people have suggested, that doesn't work, no window pops up.

    I'm out of things to try. If anyone could recommend something that gaurentees I wont lose the files on the harddrive, I'd appreciate it very much. These files are pretty important to me and I'd like to keep them, if that's still an option..

    Oh yeah, I dont know if this helps, but I remember disabling secondary login and the blue welcome windows screen. So what I see is basically a box that says Log On To Windows with my name and password.

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    Re: XP Pro (Forgot The User Account Password)

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    Tom Jones
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      Re: XP Pro (Forgot The User Account Password)

      Originally posted by PanicInMyHead View Post
      I've read all of the documents on what you guys offer on this and I'm afraid to use the repairing OS method (which seems to be the only method I could pull off).

      The thing is I forgot the password to the user account, which was also an admin account. I've booted up to safe mode and doing the ctrl alt delete thing, people have suggested, that doesn't work, no window pops up.

      I'm out of things to try. If anyone could recommend something that gaurentees I wont lose the files on the harddrive, I'd appreciate it very much. These files are pretty important to me and I'd like to keep them, if that's still an option..

      Oh yeah, I dont know if this helps, but I remember disabling secondary login and the blue welcome windows screen. So what I see is basically a box that says Log On To Windows with my name and password.
      On the "wont lose the files" bit, Ghost (or equiv) the drive OR mount it in another machine as a slave and back it up.

      AFTERWARDS, you can experiment with some of the solutions suggested in these forums / this site.

      A repair install w/ Shift-F10 (search these forums) is relatively safe but does entail re-activation issues if you don't back up the appropriate files. My fav links are:

      http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

      http://pubs.logicalexpressions.com/p...cle.asp?ID=305

      Read them both before attempting. Otherwise there are a number of password reset / recovery options:

      http://www.petri.com/forgot_administrator_password.htm

      http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

      http://www.ubcd4win.com/index.htm

      And so many more.

      Do look through all this and come back with more questions.
      Cheers,

      Rick

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