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I have Windows XP with Administrator as user. I tried logging into the system, but after 3 failed attempts, am now locked out.

How do I get back in?

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migrated from Jul 30 '09 at 13:44

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Why is this CWed? – Jeffrey Lin Jul 10 '13 at 0:42

The Offline NT Password Editor lets you reset both the password, and the account's locked out status from a liveCD. It's included in UBCD and SysRecCD if you have those, or you can download it from the site.

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+1 easy solution... but here I thought the default admin account isn't by default configured to lock-out interactive/console access at all? – Oskar Duveborn Aug 10 '09 at 10:00

Well, my easiest suggestion would be to boot into safe mode (F8 during bootup before beep) and log onto the hidden administrator account and reset your own user password.

Otherwise, there's or

Or you can even try OphCrack if you're feeling up to it (

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Use ERD Commander CD. Boot from it and you can reset the Administrator password.

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I have used both OphCrack and ERD Commander. OphCrack is a fairly large download and may take around 30 minutes to display all local passwords on the machine.

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