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  • I think I may have locked myself out of my windows 7 machine. If the administrator account is not enabled and the only account on the machine is locked out due to failed password attempts (my 7 year old niece was playing on the keyboard). How do I recover? When i boot the computer to safe mode it doesnt show the administrator account as a option. Please help..i really dont want to have to install windows 7 all over again...
    Monday, July 18, 2011 7:32 AM

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  • I think I may have locked myself out of my windows 7 machine. If the administrator account is not enabled and the only account on the machine is locked out due to failed password attempts (my 7 year old niece was playing on the keyboard). How do I recover? When i boot the computer to safe mode it doesnt show the administrator account as a option. Please help..i really dont want to have to install windows 7 all over again...

     never mind..i had just set the lock out period to 180 mins. I was able to log in now...Thanks anyway

     

    • Proposed as answer by pkn2011 Monday, July 18, 2011 10:43 AM
    • Marked as answer by Magon LiuModerator Friday, July 22, 2011 10:06 AM
    Monday, July 18, 2011 7:59 AM

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  • I think I may have locked myself out of my windows 7 machine. If the administrator account is not enabled and the only account on the machine is locked out due to failed password attempts (my 7 year old niece was playing on the keyboard). How do I recover? When i boot the computer to safe mode it doesnt show the administrator account as a option. Please help..i really dont want to have to install windows 7 all over again...

     never mind..i had just set the lock out period to 180 mins. I was able to log in now...Thanks anyway

     

    • Proposed as answer by pkn2011 Monday, July 18, 2011 10:43 AM
    • Marked as answer by Magon LiuModerator Friday, July 22, 2011 10:06 AM
    Monday, July 18, 2011 7:59 AM

  • Hi All, I was wondering what mine was set to and found this from a long-running thread on the subject.

    Quoting Tim Quan:

     
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    1. Open Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Local Security Policy.

    2. Click Security Settings -> Account Policies -> Account Lockout Policy.

    3. Double-click Account lockout threshold, and type 0 to make “the account will not lock out”.

    4. Click OK.

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    Mine WAS set to zero, so no drama. pkn2011

    • Proposed as answer by pkn2011 Monday, July 18, 2011 4:21 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by pkn2011 Saturday, August 6, 2011 5:17 AM
    Monday, July 18, 2011 4:20 PM