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Speedy Gonzales
23-09-2009, 08:44 PM
attempts of you typing in your password or something?

A mate has just called, saying she has been locked out of the admin acct. After so many attempts of trying her password. I have no idea if it does or not. I dont use passwords on these. Have no need to.

She's told me AFAIK she knows, the password wasnt changed. Its just locked her out (because she / or someone else got the password wrong, so many times)

xyz823
23-09-2009, 08:46 PM
Never happened to me.

GameJunkie
23-09-2009, 08:56 PM
not sure, that does happen on some sites, after 5 goes you cant try for 15 minutes...

doesnt that password reset thing show up if you type the wrong password?, not sure if it applies to the admin account though

linw
23-09-2009, 09:12 PM
Looks like it is possible but don't know whether it applies to Home versions.
http://www.windowsreference.com/windows-security/enable-account-lockout-policy-in-vista/

KarameaDave
23-09-2009, 09:16 PM
This can clear the password if needed.

http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/

Blam
23-09-2009, 09:28 PM
This can clear the password if needed.

http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/

Or, if you can login to another admin account, just type net user Administrator * in command prompt and type a new password when prompted...

Speedy: Is the PC/Laptop from work or such. Companies may apply such resrictions for security reasons(deployed via GP?)

Blam

Speedy Gonzales
23-09-2009, 09:48 PM
I found a MS link, saying remove the acct from user profiles and delete the SID for it in the registry. So, I did. Seems to have fixed it..Seems to be working now. Nope its not a work PC. BUT, she does login to the court's system from it. Thanks for the info guys !