Windows XP forum: My nephew can bypass my password and log onto Windows.

by: AnaB29 September 16, 2008 1:33 PM PDT

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My nephew can bypass my password and log onto Windows.

by AnaB29 - 9/16/08 1:33 PM

Hello,

I have a computer that is running Windows XP Professional version 2000 SP2. I only have one user account, aside from the default admin account, and it has administrative access. I recently placed a password on the user account to control the amount of time my kids have access to the computer, but my nephew is able to log onto windows without knowing my password (I'm the only one who knows it and I have no hints for it).

I thought he may be gaining access by pressing ctrl, alt, delete twice which brings up the back door admin log in screen, but when I do that (typing in Administrator and no password) I get a message saying to check my password etc, and won't let me in.

I Googled "how to log onto windows without a password" and found many software programs for purchase, but they all require a disk of some sort to either retrieve the password or by pass it. My nephew doesn't use a disk and he can log on in a matter of seconds. Last night I left the computer after I 'Switched User' and came back within 3 minutes and he was in Windows. How is he able to do this? My technology IQ is basic and he's a recent High School grad geek. Is he able to somehow find my password or recall my keystrokes in the password text box?

I need to be able to block access to my computer with confidence so my questions are these: Do any of you know how he is able to log on without a password and without an apparent aid; and how can I switch users while I break from the computer and know that it can't be accessed while I'm away.

I appreciate any assistance this forum can offer.

Best,
Ana

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