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Windows XP Home password removal

By nevernessit ·
Hello, and thanks for your help in advance. I recently purchased two ex demo laptops from a computer retailer that was closing down. I did not get a chance to look at them until today and have found that they both have passwords on them. The retailer has ceased trading and I have no contact details for him. One is a WinXP home, the other is a pro version. I tried logging in as administrator and guest by booting into safe mode, but it seems these accounts have been removed or locked down.
Can anyone suggest a way that I can bypass the password authentication so that I can log onto these computers. Thank you.
Is my only option reformatting? Thanks.

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by dmiles In reply to Windows XP Home password ...

The following Links may help:
http://www.securityhorizon.com/whit...archives/ntdisk.
html
It is complicated, but powerful.

You might try to reset the local Administrator password
with one of the methods here:

http://securityadmin.info/faq.htm#password

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by willcomp In reply to Windows XP Home password ...

Another link that may be helpful.

http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm

Dalton

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by jrice In reply to Windows XP Home password ...

There are utilities that allow you to reset admin passwords. Check Winterals

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