My mother – in a moment of momumentally idiotic decision-making when I wasn’t home four days ago-- turned on my computer and saw a pop-up screen that asked, “Your password will expire in 14 days – Do you want to change it?”
So she changed it.
My computer password. Without informing me. She also did not write it down, apparently.
Then she left town for three days.
She came back from out of town and visited me last night, just it time to watch me restart my computer and repeatedly enter a now-defunct password that failed to let me back inside. After laughing nervously at my growing irritation and puzzlement, she finally 'fessed up that she changed it. When I asked her what the new one was was… well. I suppose you can already guess her answer.
Bad news: I’ve tried 120 different Caps On and Caps Off variations of several passwords she’s suggested. None of 'em work.
More bad news: I’d upgraded to Windows 2000 NT Professional version last year. The first tech guy on the phone said, “Aw, you’re screwed, dude.” A second guy reinterated what the first guy said and suggested I’d need to wipe the drive just to get my computer functioning again.
News I’m just not sure if it’s good or bad: I have moved most of my files to a 60 GB E:/ drive I recently installed, but I’m not sure if shares the password with my original C:/ drive or not.
My questions to the Teeming Millions… What are my options?
P.S. Half-kidding: Would hypnosis help?