I have dilemma with an old laptop with windows xp. I forgot my password but I'm told that you can login as the administrator (which I never messed with in any way when I had access), by pressing ctrl alt del at the welcome screen. But I also heard that it's not enabled by default, but that you can boot into safe mode and do it there. If I didn't disabled/enable it, or change the password, how can I get access to the administrator account?
In order to enable the built-in Administrator account, you must be logged in as an administrative user. First you must reset your account's password by doing one of the following:
The latter should only be done on a computer that you legally own.
Once you have access to an administrative account with the above method, you can enable the default Administrator account by doing one of the following:
In Windows XP Home Edition, you can unhide the Administrator account, but you cannot log into via normal login mode.
By default, yes.
I have, unfortunately been able to recover many-a-forgotten password by booting to safe mode, and logging into the Administrator account.