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Login problem on Windows XP Home

By sal ·

A description of the scenario:
XP home laptop stand-alone unit (not in a network). In the welcome screen the system asks for a password (which I never had).

I think the problem started after I connected in a WIFI when I was travelling.

After I connected to this network I used the computer normally and then shutdown the computer.

The next time I tried to use the computer on startup the computer asked me in the welcome screen for the password (which I never had).

Whatever I type (including blank) as a password it answers:
"The local policy of the system does not permit you to logon interactively"

If I press Ctrl+Alt+Delete while at the welcome screen and try to login manually to the administrator account it tells me:

"Unable to log you on because of an account restriction".

I tried to reset the password, but it seems that the problem is relative to the permissions of the users.

The same behaviour occurs in the safe mode.

Could you help me?

All tips are very welcome.

Salvador Scofano

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by JRod86 In reply to Login problem on Windows ...

Hopefully you haven't run encryption because any of the password recovery tools listed here:
will not work. I have used Petter Nordahl-Hagen's password recovery tool many times. It is best to set the password to a blank one so that you can easily change it when you do get logged in.

If you've already used one of these and are still unable to log may have to reinstall the OS.

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by sal In reply to Login problem on Windows ...


Thanks for the reply.

I finally managed to solve the problem as follows:
1)From a fully installable XP CD (not a "Recovery" CD), boot from =

the CD and let setup Start. You'll be offered the opportunity to Repair =

the XP installation. Press R to enter Recovery Console. You'll be =

prompted for the Administrator password.

2)At the C:\Windows prompt entered the following commands:

CD System32\Config


COPY C:\Windows\Repair\Security.* C:\Windows\System32\config

Reboot the computer when the file copy is complete.

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