How can I access my computer if the password uses a key that is not working on the keyboard?

by on May 27, 2011

Q: Badly in need of some help!

I recently spilt a little water on my laptop. When I next booted it up and came to the windows password screen, I found that one of the keys was not working and this just happened to be contained in my password. My initial reaction was to boot up in safe mode and use the administrator to get in and change it but it turns out I had put the exact same password on this too (d’oh).

I’m running windows xp on a sony vaio and as far as I can tell there has been no other discernable damage to the hardware. I have tried removing the offending key and check there is no remaining water etc. but this has made no difference.

Any ideas as to how to get back into windows??!?


One Response to “How can I access my computer if the password uses a key that is not working on the keyboard?”
  1.  
    Picked as best answer

    A quick fix: turn off the laptop and plug in a usb keyboard.

    Reboot the computer and it should auto detect the external keyboard, allowing you to use that to login.