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Need help resetting administrator password

I have a Win XP laptop that was recently upgraded with SP2. I discovered a couple of Trojan viruses and attempted to rid the system of them. After I restarted XP, I received errors on my admin password and am locked out as an administrator. What are my alternatives to resolve this problem? I can't find my restore disk, but the system will boot successfully.

I have a Win XP laptop that was recently upgraded with SP2. I discovered a couple of Trojan viruses and attempted to rid the system of them. After I restarted XP, I received errors on my admin password and am locked out as an administrator. What are my alternatives to resolve this problem? I can't find my restore disk, but the system will boot successfully.
There are a number of boot disks available that will reset your administrator password. Most of them are modified Linux boot disks that simply replace the password with a generic one that you can change after you gain access to the system. Unfortunately, most publishers want between $50 -$150 for this very simple utility.
This was first published in November 2005

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