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I've just dusted off an old laptop with Windows XP but am unable to login despite knowing the password, as the L key doesn't work - of course it's part of my password!

I've cleaned the keyboard thoroughly and tried pressing from all angles but it still refuses to work. Any ideas?

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Plug in a usb keyboard? – ash Feb 22 '10 at 2:41
Good answer, but I don't have one :( Any other ideas? – kirakat Feb 22 '10 at 2:48

Here's a few ideas:

  • Remote desktop (if you haven't disabled it) or VNC (if it was installed)
  • External USB or PS/2 keyboard
  • Win+U brings up utilities, use the On-Screen Keyboard
  • Alt+keycode
  • Pop the key off the keyboard and press the key manually
  • Are there any other user accounts with different passwords?
  • Boot into command prompt with F8, maybe you can transfer your data from there
  • Boot off a recovery CD, and burn your data to a CD, or transfer it over a network

There's no limit to the possibilities.

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1+ Nice trick (the win + u) quite handy... – Krazy_Kaos Mar 9 '10 at 11:48

As a temporary workaround, try turning on Num Lock, then use the numbers on the number pad to enter Alt+108

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thanks, another good sugg, but I'm giving up. I think my keyboard is melting down, Num Lock won't work either :( Time for trip to the laptop doc. thx for your help. – kirakat Feb 22 '10 at 2:59

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