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A password not working could mean so many things. We look at passwords for the computer, for administrator access, and even for email accounts.
My laptop - it keeps asking me for the password. I put it in and click it and it comes back, wanting the password all the time. It's an HP running Vista. When it does this, it was not on the Ethernet. I hope you can help.
In this excerpt from Answercast #36, I look at a variety of passwords that may have been lost and the most common problem in this area: typing it in wrong!
So you haven't said which password it's asking for.
Windows does not believe that you are typing in the correct password and it is simply asking you for the correct password. It's giving you another opportunity.
You are not connected to the "Ethernet" (you are not connected to the internet); there is no way for the website or the application or the "whatever" to validate your password because it can't connect to its service or server.
By far, the single most common cause for repeatedly being asked for your password is that you're typing in the wrong password.
Check the Caps Lock key, of course.
Make sure that you are, in fact, typing exactly the correct password.
If you believe that you are typing in the right password and the system keeps asking you for a password, you are wrong: you are not typing in the right password!
Now, you may have been hacked.
In other words, if this happens with an online situation, you're trying to type in your email password to gain access to your email account and it keeps telling that your password is wrong.
Somebody has more than likely hacked your account and changed your password. So, what you believe is the right password is no longer the right password. That happens a lot.
It is not a failure of the system.
Somebody changed your password.
The password that you are typing in is not the correct, current password.
There are lots of different approaches to that, if your email account has been hacked.
In your particular situation, because you're running offline and because I don't really know which password it is you're referring to, I'll assume it's the Windows password and that you are not typing in the correct password.
There are approaches to resetting your password.
I'll point you at one article called, "I've lost my administrator password. How do I get it back?"
That article actually will show you how to:
Boot from a different disc, a different CD.
That will allow you to reset the administrator password on your machine.
Having done so, you can then login as administrator.
And set the password for your login account to whatever you think it should be.
At that point, typing in the correct password should then work.
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