XP Pro account anomaly: password asked for on accounts with no password, etc.


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Andrew

Hello, everyone. I am running Windows XP Proffesional SP2 with one
password-protected user/administrator account and two
non-password-protected user accounts. Windows boots up and runs normally,
but after logging out of an account, Windows will occassionally ask for
non-existant passwords on the two unprotected accounts and says the correct
password is wrong for the one account that has a password. I looked in the
event log and didn't see any warnings or problems, and I haven't messed with
anything in the registry. I searched Microsoft's forums and newsgroups as
well as Google, but can't find anything similar to my question, and the
techs I have asked have never heard of this happening. It may be that I am
asking the wrong question, or perhaps I am not describing the problem well.
Can anyone point me in the right direction so I can discover a solution?
I'm concerned that this is a symptom of a greater problem and I want to
correct it myself, but am hoping to avoid a reinstallation. Thanks for your
attention, A. Johnson
 
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L

Leonard Grey

If you didn't set a password, who did? Here's what I think: The password
was set by the malicious software that infected your computer. *All*
user accounts should be password protected.
 
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smlunatick

Hello, everyone. I am running Windows XP Proffesional SP2 with one
password-protected  user/administrator account and two
non-password-protected user accounts. Windows boots up and runs normally,
but after logging out of an account, Windows will occassionally ask for
non-existant passwords on the two unprotected accounts and says the correct
password is wrong for the one account that has a password. I looked in the
event log and didn't see any warnings or problems, and I haven't messed with
anything in the registry.  I searched Microsoft's forums and newsgroups as
well as Google, but can't find anything similar to my question, and the
techs I have asked have never heard of this happening.  It may be that Iam
asking the wrong question, or perhaps I am not describing the problem well..
Can anyone point me in the right direction so I can discover a solution?
I'm concerned that this is a symptom of a greater problem and I want to
correct it myself, but am hoping to avoid a reinstallation.  Thanks for your
attention,  A. Johnson

Access the XP with the "built-in" Adminstrator account and clear the
passwords for those two accounts.
 

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