How do I retrieve a Username on laptop.

By randirushe ·
I had an IBM ThinkPad that I just sent off to my granddaughter. My son is trying to set himself up as the Administrator but cannot log on. I forgot my Username. I know my password, but cannot remember my Username. Is there some way to find out what it is?
Thank you

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Did you change the name?

by seanferd In reply to How do I retrieve a Usern ...

Since you need to log into the Administrator account, unless you changed the name, it is still "administrator".

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A little job for your grandaughter

by Jacky Howe In reply to How do I retrieve a Usern ...

It is a hidden file, so you will have to unhide hidden files. In Explorer go to the Menu and select Tools, Folders Options, View. Uncheck "Show hidden files and folders".
Hide extensions for known types and Hide protected operating system files. Click OK.

Then you can navigate to c:\documents and settings and the usernames will be displayed.

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Administrator Account

by kyaw2htoo In reply to How do I retrieve a Usern ...

Dear Virginia,
I have two way to get your admin account...
First,Didn't you change administrator(which is window built in administrator account)?
if so, you can enter your computer by typing "administrator'
but second, you changed your built in administrator account...
you have to use NT password changer software...
here is NT Password changer ....

best regards,

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She doesn't need any other information than already supplied

by Jacky Howe In reply to Administrator Account

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why can't I respond to this thread jacky???

by .Martin. In reply to She doesn't need any othe ...

why are you being so mean???

{walk off and cry in corner}

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Cause I MR T

by Jacky Howe In reply to why can't I respond to th ...

don't you look where you'r goin?

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You're supposed to call him ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Cause I MR T


Otherwise the voice doesn't work.

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Thank you

by randirushe In reply to She doesn't need any othe ...

Thanks to all of you who provided useful info. I already KNOW the PASSWORD and am not asking for that - I just need to know the USERNAME. I will give this info to my son and granddaughter - and hopefully one of the solutions will work. Thanks again!!

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That's OK

by Jacky Howe In reply to Thank you

let us know how you get on.

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try this

by SystemCheck In reply to How do I retrieve a Usern ...

tell him to boot up and press f8 to get into safe mode options, select safe mode with dos.
when dos loads up type in "net users" there u go

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