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wants password when i never had one


hi all. suddenly winxp wants password at login when i never had one before. can't even get in with safe mode / administrator... keeps saying that local policies of this system require password. everything worked this morning, but now won't. no one has been here to mess with it. can't find virus information like this...... any ideas?

laptop w/xp home sp2 (not recent, done at least a month ago, in fact other than virus updates, no recent updates)

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Did you try just hitting <Enter> and leaving it blank? How many other accounts are listed on the logon screen and how many are Administrators?

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Yes, tried blank password, and every password that I would ever have used if I had used one.
The only accounts are myself (which is an administrator account) and guest. Can't signin as guest either.

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hi snow,

I think you may be able to find the answer to your problem here.

BTW, the Administrator account password is normally blank. You should be able to log in as the Administrator in Safe Mode. Anyway, the link above should get you sorted.

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To get into WinXP Home "Administrator" account, start Windows XP in Safe Mode. You can do this by pressing the F8 key when restarting the computer, and choosing Safe Mode from the menu.

Administrator will be listed on the welcome screen. XP Home "Administrator" account has no password by default.

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Thanks for your time, and the link. I'm at work right now, but will try this evening and post back results.

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Thanks for all the help. According to Microsoft, when updates are in process, windows makes temp passwords. When something happens during setup, these passwords may not be cleaned at boot as they are supposed to be. Apparently xp did some update that I was not aware of, and didn't complete... locking me out. The only way I found to get back in was to reinstall.

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By the way, surferdude2's link does have some nice little goodies, but the one I needed only works up to sp1, and naturally I had sp2....

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Originally Posted by snow
According to Microsoft, when updates are in process, windows makes temp passwords. When something happens during setup, these passwords may not be cleaned at boot as they are supposed to be. Apparently xp did some update that I was not aware of, and didn't complete... locking me out. The only way I found to get back in was to reinstall.

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Now that's a real worry. Even more reason to do regular FULL system backups!

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