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How administrator can access user account password (parental contr

  1. #1


    Karter123 Guest

    How administrator can access user account password (parental contr

    I am a parent and want to know how to know what my childrens (users)
    passwords are. Knowing this will allow me as the admin to go into their files
    and audit them for security purposes.

    thanks.

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  2. #2


    Ronnie Vernon MVP Guest

    Re: How administrator can access user account password (parental contr

    Karter

    As an administrator, you should have unrestricted access to your childrens
    standard user files. Open Windows Explorer and go to C:\Users\childrens
    account name. You can navigate through all of their files from there.

    If you want to log on with one of the childrens standard accounts, you will
    need to ask them for the password. You could also log on with your
    administrator account and go to Control Panel/User Accounts, Manage another
    account and select one of the childrens accounts. You can change or remove
    their password for the account.

    --

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User


    "Karter123" <Karter123@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    >I am a parent and want to know how to know what my childrens (users)
    > passwords are. Knowing this will allow me as the admin to go into their
    > files
    > and audit them for security purposes.
    >
    > thanks.

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  3. #3


    Karter123 Guest

    Re: How administrator can access user account password (parental c

    Thanks, Ronnie. Another reason I want to know their passwords is to be able
    to get into other places like their email and see what they are sending
    /receiving. I suspect that just like me, they use the same password for
    everything. So, I ask again, is it possible to extract their password from
    Vista? I know I can change their password but that defeats my purpose of
    checking on their mysterious activities without their knowledge. Please,
    please help me.

    thanks again.

    "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:

    > Karter
    >
    > As an administrator, you should have unrestricted access to your childrens
    > standard user files. Open Windows Explorer and go to C:\Users\childrens
    > account name. You can navigate through all of their files from there.
    >
    > If you want to log on with one of the childrens standard accounts, you will
    > need to ask them for the password. You could also log on with your
    > administrator account and go to Control Panel/User Accounts, Manage another
    > account and select one of the childrens accounts. You can change or remove
    > their password for the account.
    >
    > --
    >
    > Ronnie Vernon
    > Microsoft MVP
    > Windows Shell/User
    >
    >
    > "Karter123" <Karter123@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:733A7DB8-611B-499F-885B-CAEEFB299C29@xxxxxx

    > >I am a parent and want to know how to know what my childrens (users)
    > > passwords are. Knowing this will allow me as the admin to go into their
    > > files
    > > and audit them for security purposes.
    > >
    > > thanks.
    >

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  4. #4


    Bruce Chambers Guest

    Re: How administrator can access user account password (parentalcontr

    Karter123 wrote:

    > I am a parent and want to know how to know what my childrens (users)
    > passwords are. Knowing this will allow me as the admin to go into their files
    > and audit them for security purposes.
    >
    > thanks.

    As Administrator, simply set your children's passwords to what you, the
    parent, want them to be, and then give those passwords to the children.
    (Or were you thinking of sneaking behind their backs? Can't be done
    without their knowing you've tampered.)


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  5. #5


    Ronnie Vernon MVP Guest

    Re: How administrator can access user account password (parental c

    Karter

    I'm afraid that the passwords cannot be retrieved from within windows.

    You can access any of their information using your administrator account. If
    they are using the default Windows Mail, The emails are in the
    C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail folder. Expand this
    folder and you will see all of the sub-folders. The emails they have sent
    will be in the Sent Items folder. Make sure you using the Details View,
    click once on the top of the Date Modified column to re-order the emails by
    date. You can also check the Inbox and any of the other folders there.
    Double click an email to open and read it.

    --

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User


    "Karter123" <Karter123@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    newsB0995E8-2526-4148-AABA-E52046289969@xxxxxx

    > Thanks, Ronnie. Another reason I want to know their passwords is to be
    > able
    > to get into other places like their email and see what they are sending
    > /receiving. I suspect that just like me, they use the same password for
    > everything. So, I ask again, is it possible to extract their password from
    > Vista? I know I can change their password but that defeats my purpose of
    > checking on their mysterious activities without their knowledge. Please,
    > please help me.
    >
    > thanks again.
    >
    > "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:
    >

    >> Karter
    >>
    >> As an administrator, you should have unrestricted access to your
    >> childrens
    >> standard user files. Open Windows Explorer and go to C:\Users\childrens
    >> account name. You can navigate through all of their files from there.
    >>
    >> If you want to log on with one of the childrens standard accounts, you
    >> will
    >> need to ask them for the password. You could also log on with your
    >> administrator account and go to Control Panel/User Accounts, Manage
    >> another
    >> account and select one of the childrens accounts. You can change or
    >> remove
    >> their password for the account.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Ronnie Vernon
    >> Microsoft MVP
    >> Windows Shell/User
    >>
    >>
    >> "Karter123" <Karter123@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:733A7DB8-611B-499F-885B-CAEEFB299C29@xxxxxx

    >> >I am a parent and want to know how to know what my childrens (users)
    >> > passwords are. Knowing this will allow me as the admin to go into their
    >> > files
    >> > and audit them for security purposes.
    >> >
    >> > thanks.
    >>

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  6. #6


    Karter123 Guest

    Re: How administrator can access user account password (parental c

    Thanks, Bruce.

    "Bruce Chambers" wrote:

    > Karter123 wrote:

    > > I am a parent and want to know how to know what my childrens (users)
    > > passwords are. Knowing this will allow me as the admin to go into their files
    > > and audit them for security purposes.
    > >
    > > thanks.
    >
    >
    > As Administrator, simply set your children's passwords to what you, the
    > parent, want them to be, and then give those passwords to the children.
    > (Or were you thinking of sneaking behind their backs? Can't be done
    > without their knowing you've tampered.)
    >
    >
    > --
    >
    > Bruce Chambers
    >
    > Help us help you:
    > http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >
    > They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    > safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin
    >
    > Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. -Bertrand Russell
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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