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Why did my Windows XP computer lock me out?
« on: 22/08/2008 16:53:00 »
Earlier today, I left my XP Computer on and when I had returned to it then I
was "locked" out of my own PC. I was asked to type in the account P/W but
I don't have it.

I have searched the workings of my PC carefully, My computer, control Panel bits, even the device manager, but nothing.

When it had locked me out then the taskbar had vanished with browsers, files,
icons so all I could see was my Monitor's wallpaper.
Yesterday I had changed ISPs from BT to Virgin Media, which has disabled the
Windows AV but that I can sort out somehow

How can I fix this to stop it occuring again?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 22/08/2008 19:10:36 »
Go into USER ACCOUNTS  from the control panel and click on "CHANGE THE WAY USERS LOG ON OR OFF"

On the next screen that appears make sure there is a tick in the "USE THE WELCOME SCREEN" tick box and then click apply

I believe the way its done could differ depending on if you have the windows SP3 update installed or not but if they do differ the options to turn off the password is still available from the control panel and then user accounts
 

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« Reply #2 on: 22/08/2008 21:08:34 »
Micky I have looked at all of the things that you've suggested
and that tick is there also the PC locked itself again after I'd
eaten a meal, but I pressed the Enter Key and it's seemed to have sorted the problem out.

sure it's not too techy.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 23/08/2008 02:04:53 »
Go into power options from control panel and change the settings in there to home /office, also  make sure everything is set to never
 

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« Reply #4 on: 23/08/2008 10:02:32 »
Right click somewhere on a clear area of desktop and select Properties.  When the Display Properties dialog opens, click on the Screen Saver tab and then click on Power...  When the Power Options Properties dialog opens, click on Advanced and check the the Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby is unticked.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 23/08/2008 12:53:22 »
Micky and LeeE thanks for your advice, I have done the exact bits of good advice that you've both given me.

I have put the Power options to "never" and unticked the "computer
resumes from standby" so it shouldn't ask me for a P/W again.

Anyway I have learnt lots of useful tips too.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 23/08/2008 16:31:18 »
I had left the PC to do something in the kitchen just now and
again it went onto standby with my own photo for screensaver working but yet again I was asked for the account's P/W although
I have unticked it and it says "never"

This photo may help to explain a bit of the problem and I wonder if it's to
do with the new ISP Virgin Media.



Why has it happened again/

« Last Edit: 23/08/2008 16:58:06 by rosalind dna »
 

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« Reply #7 on: 23/08/2008 17:31:28 »
Are your cookies enabled?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 23/08/2008 17:39:09 »
Are your cookies enabled?

Yes I think so but what exactly should I do otherwise?

Go to Tools on IE then internet options etc
 

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« Reply #9 on: 23/08/2008 18:00:38 »
I am not sure, but There must be away to change your user name and password..Is there a forgot my password tab.. LOL.. wish there was...
 

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« Reply #10 on: 23/08/2008 18:05:47 »
I can go into my systems file then preferences and click  "about me"(the user)and then click change password and its that simple.. But that is my system.
 

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« Reply #11 on: 23/08/2008 18:42:45 »
My user name is just my real name so that's a bit difficult to change. LOL
Where is the systems file? In the control panel?

Or could I just put the PC on "hibernate" instead so that this P/W account problem doesn't happen?
« Last Edit: 23/08/2008 18:49:20 by rosalind dna »
 

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« Reply #12 on: 23/08/2008 19:06:27 »
That might work! The hibernate mode..

Yes, Usually in there or even look in my computer, you can search for system tools etc and could change your password.. Mine is at the lower left hand corner.. but mine is a lenox system.. sorry about the spelling! Yours is probably in the control panel!

 I hope you can fix it!
 

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« Reply #13 on: 23/08/2008 19:17:52 »
ok and I will look as I said in the initial post that mine is an XP PC.

Do you think that one of the possibilites for this happening is because of the new ISP, Virgin media? just a thought
 

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« Reply #14 on: 23/08/2008 19:18:36 »
Hi rosalind

What is the password for    Windows user login or another program or app on your PC.

Can you show me a pic of the password box so i know exactly what weare dealing with  

Possible if it had the option to allow only those with a password to access the internet.
« Last Edit: 23/08/2008 19:21:02 by ukmicky »
 

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« Reply #15 on: 23/08/2008 21:02:46 »
Micky this photo might help to explain this problem but sorry I couldn't stop the flash from my digital camera reflecting off the monitor screen even
with the lights off.



It is for the Windows login password but it's only done this since yesterday and never before since I've had this PC since last June.

I could try and email Windows for the password. But could another reason/cause be that since I got this cable ISP be that a virus thing emerged. I do hope not.
 

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« Reply #16 on: 24/08/2008 14:34:39 »
I could be wrong but i think that login box comes up if windows belives you are part of a network and YES is probably a direct result of the vigin media cd not being configured correctly when it was loaded onto your pc.
« Last Edit: 24/08/2008 14:50:52 by ukmicky »
 

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« Reply #17 on: 24/08/2008 14:43:24 »
I could be wrong but i think that login box comes up if windows belives you are part of a network.



Micky that is a possibility but it sounds strange. As we know
that I am not a network.

Would it help if I made the time before the screensaver worked as a longer time than I've got it set at now 10 minutes?
 

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« Reply #18 on: 24/08/2008 14:52:26 »
yes and with the monitor your using you do not need to use a screen saver so you could turn it off completly

Also some screensavers will give you the choice to resume with a password or without a password.

so click on the settings for the screen saver and see whats in their.
« Last Edit: 24/08/2008 14:57:04 by ukmicky »
 

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« Reply #19 on: 24/08/2008 14:59:59 »
I had left the PC to do something in the kitchen just now and
again it went onto standby with my own photo for screensaver working but yet again I was asked for the account's P/W although
I have unticked it and it says "never"

This photo may help to explain a bit of the problem and I wonder if it's to
do with the new ISP Virgin Media.



Why has it happened again/


I just looked at the picture you shown for the screen saver and next to the wait 15 minutes box their is a tick box that says on resume passsword protect ,try unticking it ;D. if that fails click on the settings tab.
« Last Edit: 24/08/2008 15:10:20 by ukmicky »
 

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« Reply #20 on: 24/08/2008 16:27:46 »
Micky I did untick that tab for password protect also the other
related tabs are all unticked, I hope that this finally does help.
 

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« Reply #21 on: 11/09/2008 22:39:24 »
there are several peices of software to reset the passwords for xp not sure If Im allowed to hand it out here but if necessary I can provide an iso bootable cd rom image which can do this Gabe2k2@hotmail.com

check yr pc fo spyware Ive detailed the antispyware I use in the thread " What type of Free Anti-Spyware do you know of? "

My documents and other folders can be reaccessed by enabling the security tab option under properties on the folder if its not there see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/264733 [nofollow] or simply download filesecpatch from http://www.rt-sw.de/en/freeware/freeware.html [nofollow]

and if its the screensaver password you have lost then I simply recomand disabling it!
« Last Edit: 11/09/2008 22:43:20 by Gabe2k2 »
 

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« Reply #22 on: 11/09/2008 22:41:09 »
Thanks but I have already sorted that problem out with help from  ukmicky and Karen
 

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« Reply #23 on: 10/03/2009 21:02:14 »
Tonight I was "locked" out of my PC again but I just used the
computer mouse to click on my name for my account and that as I'd mentioned
last year did the same.

But the PC did it twice in less than 10 minutes this evening.
I don't know why but all of the "right boxes" are ticked.
 

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« Reply #24 on: 10/03/2009 22:10:41 »
I often think you are on a hiding to nothing trying to repair damaged software, it is often quicker in the long run to reformat and reload (after saving any valuable data of course).
 

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