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To Secure your computer/laptop with a strong & different password remains incredibly important. We have fingerprint, iris, and other biometric scanners integrated with our smartphones and computers. However, a strong single-use password is vital to protecting your data using special characters and all.
This Quick Tips will teach you How to Reset / Recover / Change Forgotten Administrator Password in Windows?:
Solution 1 : Reset Windows Adminstrator XP Password Using Login or Welcome Screen
This method is the first thing which should always do whenever you forget your Windows login password. When we install Windows xp, it automatically creates a hidden user account "Administrator" and sets its password to blank. So if you forget your user account password then try this:
1. Start your computer and when you see Windows xp Welcome screen (Login screen), press ++
keys twice and it'll show Classic Login box.
2. Now type Administrator in Username box and leave Password box empty. Now press Enter and you should be able to log into Windows xp.
3. Now you can reset your account password from "Control Panel -> User Accounts".
Same thing can be done using Safe Mode. In Safe Mode Windows xp will show this in-built Administrator account in Login screen.
Solution 2: Password Reset Disk
Windows XP and later Windows versions provide a built-in method to recover forgotten password by using "Password Reset Disk". If you created a Password Reset Disk in past, you can use that disk to reset the password.
If you don't know how to create a password reset disk, lets tell you in details. You can create the password reset disk using Control panel -> User Accounts applet.
First open Control Panel and click on User Accounts icon. It'll open User Accounts window. Now click on your user account and then click on "Prevent a forgotten password" link given in left-side pane. It'll open forgotten password wizard as shown in following screenshot:
Follow the instructions and you'll have a password reset disk in your hand.
Solution 3 : Reset Using safe mode or CMD Prompt
If your Administrator account remains frustratingly out of reach, we can attempt to reset it using Safe Mode and the Command Prompt.
To access Safe Mode, you’ll need to restart your computer. Press F8 while the computer is booting (sometimes tapping F8 helps, if you’re unsure). Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
Once you enter Safe Mode, head to Control Panel > User Account > Change Account. Then, select the account that you’d like to change the password for, and follow the on-screen instructions.
There are times, however, when certain computer issues will obstruct you from changing certain settings e.g. a virus. In those cases, we can use the Command Prompt from within Safe Mode.
Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialogue. Type CMD and press Enter. This will open the Command Prompt. Now, type the following command:
net user [account name] [new password]
It should look like this:
Pro Tip: to clear the password, use the following command:
net user [account name] ""
Solution 4: Reset Using Windows Xp Setup Loophole
If the above mentioned tricks don't work for you, try following trick which is actually a loophole in Windows XP Setup and also a big security hole:
1. Boot using Windows XP Setup CD and follow the instruction like Accepting EULA, etc.
2. When it asks to repair your existing Windows installation, accept it and press "R" key to run the repair.
3. Setup will start repairing your Windows and will start copying files, etc.
4. After a few minutes setup will restart your system and when it restarts, don't press any key when it shows "Press any key to continue...". Otherwise Setup will start from the beginning. Don't press any key and setup will resume where it left.
5. Now it'll start doing other tasks and will show a small progressbar with a few details in left side.
6. Look carefully at the details and when it shows "Installing devices", press +F10 keys together in your keyboard.
7. It'll open a Command Prompt window. Now type nusrmgr.cpl and press key.
8. It'll open the same "User Accounts" window which you see in Control Panel.
9. Now you can remove or reset any account password without any problem.
Solution 5: Reset Windows xp Administrator Password Using Live CD or Disk
If you cannot access your Windows account, you’ll have to make a Linux LiveCD or USB drive on an alternative system.
If still all the steps are fails you can un install windows xp and create new user account and To recover lost data, you can use Data recovery tools available on net but the chances will be less to get your data back.