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Need serious help with computer

  1. Jun 22, 2006 #1
    Here is what I did that got me into this mess, if you just want to see what my problem is look at the next post.

    I downloaded a program tilled MS PowerToys from MS's website. I installed the program and ran it. I was attempting to set the program to allow me to bypass the startup screen (the screen that asks for your password and asks you which user accout you want to use). I did this because I only had one user, and had no password. But when I would boot it still made me click on the users name.

    So in Powertoys I selected Logon, Autologon. I then checked the box "automatically logon at system startup". It asked me to create a password, so I created a password.
    There is a screen shot of what I did on this page:

    I also clicked on Logon, Settings then selected Do Not Show User's Name on system Startup.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2006
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  3. Jun 22, 2006 #2
    I restarted my computer and it says that the password does not match the correct password. (It automatically says that, I don't type anything in). Then it goes to the windows startup screen where you choose the acount you want to use. It now lists only the Admin account. I click on the admin account and it asks for the password. I don't think I ever created and admin password, but I have tried all of my usuall passwords and nothing works. So I am stuck on that screen.

  4. Jun 22, 2006 #3
    Here is what I have done to try to solve the problem:

    I have tryed to boot into safe mode. I start my computer up and tap on F5 (it' not F8 on my computer for some reason), then it has a few options. One of which is "Boot in Safe Mode". I attempt to arrow to that option, but I can not move. This is not a gui, so I can not use my mouse. My keyboard doesn't work once I get to that screen.

    I actually called Microsoft and paid them $35 to help me (I was refunded because they ultimately did not help me fix the problem), and they had me do this same thing (tap F5 and go into safe mode). They said the reason my keyboard doesn't work on that screen is because I am using a USB keyboard, and USB keyboards usually don't work with safe mode (?).
    My normal (non-USB) keyboard input does not work, that is why I am using a USB keyboard. So I can not use a normal keyboard.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2006
  5. Jun 22, 2006 #4
    Further trouble:

    So I have gotten so annoyed by this problem I decided just to completely reinstall windows. So I put the windows disc in, set the bios to boot from a CD and restart my computer. When my computer boots it says press any key to boot from CD, and I typing on keys, but it just doen not recognize that I am pressing anything on my keyboard and it just boots to the hard drive. So once again my keyboard is not working when I need it to. I have never had a problem with my keyboard before this, and it works fine in BIOS and when I am trying to type the password in in the startup menu.

  6. Jun 22, 2006 #5
    have you tried no password for the admin account?
  7. Jun 22, 2006 #6
    Yes. Doesn't work. :frown: I bet something simple that I have overlooked like that is what will solve this problem though.
  8. Jun 22, 2006 #7
    if you boot into safe mode you should have the option of chosing which account you want to boot into. Ie entering the username, and password. Try your old account with the password you belive it to be, then change the admin password reboot and boot into he admin account and change the other password.

    If you need to recover data, use a konoppix Linux cd, and you can access the HD. I am sure there are also ways of rooting your box too. Search for XP root kits.. perhaps there are some that are bundled with a liunx distro u can run from memory.

    So first off you need to get a ps2 keyboard and boot into safe mode..
  9. Jun 22, 2006 #8
    The ps2 input doesn't work.:frown: How the hell do I get around that?
  10. Jun 22, 2006 #9
    Download the program NT password, would be best on your cd. Insert it right after power is on, and it'll boot itself. And try to follow the steps provided by the Website below. Myself, I don't quite remember the steps, it's been more than 1.5 year since I've done it on school pcs. :biggrin:

    It can be downloaded here: http://home.eunet.no/pnordahl/ntpasswd/ (go down)

    Wait, it's me again// forgot to tell you, don't change your password onto another one using NT password because it doesn't work, just blank out the passwords. It works,
  11. Jun 23, 2006 #10
    I can not boot from the CD drive. Read the fourth post in this thread. I explain what is happinging in that post.
  12. Jun 23, 2006 #11
    Have you tried looking in the BIOS Settings?
  13. Jun 23, 2006 #12
    Look in the bios settings for what?
  14. Jun 25, 2006 #13
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310994 and download microsofts Windows XP Setup boot disks they should load automatically without the need of the keyboard if you set the bios to load from floppy , They come to you in an archive and extract to six floppys. They are meant for people without bootable cdroms but help with a lot of other problems.

    Use these to reinstall windows by booting from your floppy drive, they should load in all the drivers etc that you need to get everything working even your keyboard, once they have finished loading you will be asked to place the windows cd in the drive, everything should work fine.

    by the way you can pick up a cheap non usb keyboard for a fiver these days. :)
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2006
  15. Jun 28, 2006 #14
    USB Support. I dont know what type of BIOS u have..
  16. Jul 14, 2006 #15
    i've had usb keyboard trouble also

    by pulling it out and plugging it back in often does the trick.
    also try plugging it into a different usb socket.
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