I have a friend computer and their kids have put in password in XP. Their mother wants to see their files, but her 13 yrs old son will not give her his pawword. She is register as a administrator. How can I get pass his password?
The administrator should be able to delete the account, reset the password and see files. Because of security reasons I can and will not post any information on hacking. Please do not PM me for it either. But the administor should be able to do the above listed things.
If people have sensitive and important data stored on their PCs, then setting a password is not sufficient protection, I'm afraid, and withholding information here about documented OS features and procedures is not going to help them!
The main consideration in this instance, however, is that of Privacy. That child may be 13 years old, but he still has a right to his own privacy. As a parent and grandparent myself, I'd accept that if there is reason for concern, checking a PC for signs of offensive or dangerous material may be warranted. I do NOT, on the other hand, think that there is justification for accessing a child's PC and reading things like private diaries, documents and other writings, or other similarly personal information and files.
The local administrator can reset the password at the flick of her wrist.
I also agree that if you are under my roof, and a minor, I can and will inspect at a moment's notice. While I do think that minors need some privacy, it is my role as parent to be responsible for the actions. And if the law is involved, guess who is liable too?
This situation is beautiful for parents to discuss the concepts of liability, responsibility, and accountability.