I have weird situation. My friend uses password with polish characters to log in into Windows. However while he was logged in he changed keyboard layout to US. Now when he tries to use "ł" character while entering password nothing happens.

How can I change keyboard layout to Polish without logging into Admin account?

  • Which version of Windows? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 22 '12 at 13:33
  • It's Windows XP – matt Aug 22 '12 at 13:34
  • I assume the 'alt' codes do not work on the login screen? – user142485 Aug 22 '12 at 13:41
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    I like the issue! – tumchaaditya Aug 22 '12 at 13:47
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    Apparently on Windows you have to enable the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Input Method\EnableHexNumpad with a string value of "1" to enable hex code character input. How lovely! Apparently this is enabled by default in Mac OS. – HeatfanJohn Aug 22 '12 at 14:10
  • If it is windows 7, then you should have a button on the lower left of the screen. (Actually two buttons. One to shut down without logging in and one to change the locale).
  • Alternatively you could log in with another account and change the setting in the registry.
  • Or you could boot from a live CD and set the password to nothing. There are a many tools to do this. This is one of them.

Edit: Just saw the new comment stating that it was XP.
The second and third options should still work.

  • On my Windows 7 the only options available on the lower left of the screen are the ease of use options. The ease of use options have an on-screen keyboard option, but the "OSK" didn't have an option to enter Unicode characters. – HeatfanJohn Aug 22 '12 at 13:57
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    Thanks... In the end We had to reset the password. ** Warring ** When password is reset You may loose access to encrypted folders. – matt Aug 22 '12 at 22:47

Log on as another user, then use Runas to run the users control panel as yourself and change your password.

  • This works as long as there's more then one account. In my friend case he has just one account ;) – matt Aug 22 '12 at 22:46

If you have RDP enabled, you could remote into your system and then change password.


A workaround:
Use some linux live CD to remove Windows password.

Here is how:

  • -1 this could cause further issues (like loss of private keys) – kinokijuf Aug 22 '12 at 13:51
  • Still better than being locked out of your own PC.. – tumchaaditya Aug 22 '12 at 14:01
  • Not necessarily. There could be valuable data encrypted with EFS. – kinokijuf Aug 22 '12 at 14:03

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