How To Reset Administrator Password in Windows Xp
If Windows XP password recovery is the only problem, then do not worry. As long as you have your Microsoft Windows XP CD, you can easily get back into your PC using these simple method. Change or even reset the Admin password during a Windows XP Repair. Here is a step by step guide of the initial Repair process.
Steps to Reset Administrator Password:
1. Insert the Windows XP CD (Bootable CD) in the cd rom and switch on your PC.
2. It will ask you to be “Press any key” to boot cd.
3. Screen will indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading files.
4. Then press ENTER to Setup Windows now.
5. License Agreement comes next then Press F8 key to accept it.
6. The next step is the Setup screen which allow you the option to Repair. If one of the following installations is damaged, Setup can try to repair it. Use the up and down arrow keys to select your installation and press R key to begin the process.
7. Setup will check the disks and then start copying windows files from the CD which can take couple of minutes.
8. Once its copied setup will restart you PC “Your computer will reboot in 10 seconds”
9. During reboot, do not press any key to boot from the CD again. Setup will resume automatically and you will see Installing Windows.
10. Keep your eyes on the left hand side of the computer screen and when you see the Installing Devices progress bar, press SHIFT + F10. A command console will now open up giving you the potential for wide access to your system.
11. At the prompt, type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. You have just gained graphical access to your User Accounts in the Control Panel.
12. Now select the account which you want to reset password as you prefer. If you want to log on without having to enter your new password, you can type control userpasswords2 at the prompt and choose to log on without being asked for password. After you have made your changes close the windows, exit the command box and continue on with the repair.
13. Once the repair is done, you will be able to log in with a new password (or without a password if you chose not to use one or if you chose not to be asked for a password). Your programs and personalised settings should remain intact.
It worked like a charm to fix the problem. This security hole allows access to more than just user accounts. You can also access the Registry and Policy Editor, for example. And its gui access with mouse control. Of course, a Product Key will be needed to continue with the Repair after making the changes, but for anyone intent on gaining access to your system, this would be no problem. And in case you are wondering, no, you cannot cancel install after making the changes and expect to logon with your new password. Cancelling will just result in Setup resuming at bootup and your changes will be lost.
Now that your logon problem is fixed, you should make a point to prevent it from ever happening again by creating a Password Reset Disk. This is a floppy disk you can use in the event you ever forget your log on password. It allows you to set a new password.
Here how to create one if your computer is NOT on a domain:
Go to the Control Panel and open up User Accounts.
Choose your account (under Pick An Account to Change) and under Related Tasks, click Prevent a forgotten password.
This will initiate a wizard.
Click Next and then insert a blank formatted floppy disk into your A: drive.
Click Next and enter your logon password in the password box.
Click Next to begin the creation of your Password disk.
Once completed, label and save the disk to a safe place
How to Log on to your PC Using Your Password Reset Disk:
Start your computer and at the logon screen, click your user name and leave the password box blank or just type in anything. This will bring up a Logon Failure box and you will then see the option to use your Password Reset disk to create a new password. Click it which will initiate the Password Reset wizard. Insert your password reset disk into your floppy drive and follow the wizard which will let you choose a new password to use for your account.