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We have a workstation using Windows XP and Local Admin has locked us out!

Posted on 2014-03-10
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We have a workstation using Windows XP (yes I know what happening in April) but I have been instructed XP must remain on this workstation and I have insisted this machine will not be connected to the network (don't get me started!!!).

My problem is, the bright spark who was put in charge of setting up the workstation (made himself the only local Administrator) changed the registry settings (to try and lock out users from doing all manner of things and in doing so no-one can do anything, including himself, e.g. no control panel, no run, no nothing - all done under the one and only local admin account.

Can anyone suggest a way of me being able to get in to rectify this problem, without reinstalling XP?
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by:Dan Craciun
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Try this page: http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
In the XP era it saved my behind countless times :)

HTH,
Dan
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by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
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You can use any kind of bootcd to enable and change local admin password: http://www.lazesoft.com/how-to-enable-disabled-windows-user-account.html and recover workstation control, then, undo all changes per example restoring system to previous state.
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by:Sandeep
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Try these

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313222

http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/reset-local-security-policy/

If not then you have to go off the track and try to reset password of the Local Account by using third party tools which are available. The one I had used once was Hiren Boot CD. You can download this CD over internet. CD is mostly bootable, so you can insert this CD and boot your computer in it. There you get option of various command where one option is available to reset your local account password. I had used such CD with Win 98 Bootable CD on a NTFS Partition of Windows XP and it worked perfectly fine.

Hiren Boot CD : http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd

And use below to reset your Local Admin Password

NTPWD
Utility to reset windows nt/2000/xp administrator/user password.
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by:Dan Craciun
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Guys, I see nowhere in the OP that he does not know the administrator's password.
Just that the administrator played with gpedit and locked most of XP's interface out...
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by:AIGS
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Additional Note: Yes we know the Local Administrator's password, but the only thing  accessible (to himself and everyone else) is D: and My Documents and a handful of Desktop Shortcuts (running some third-party programs) - Everything else has been hidden by changing the Registry and Group Policy settings - disabling just about everything from himself and everyone else.

I will look at the suggestions shortly.
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I found that when we boot the workstation into SAFE MODE as local Administrator we were able to access the Control Panel etc and change setting accordingly.
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by:AIGS
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Thanks to everyone for your help.
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