How to Reset Windows XP Password/Administrator Password

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Administrator account has a privileged access to the device regarding changing the settings of the system and performing many more tasks which a user account cannot perform. For instance, a user cannot change the system settings, install any software, etc. so that the system stays intact. Each Windows version be it Windows 7/8/10/vista/XP can be locked with the Admin and user password. Therefore, knowing how to reset Windows password is very important. In this article let us know ways of Windows XP password reset.

Part 1. Free Ways for Resetting Windows XP User Password

While installing Windows XP, there is an in-built Administrator account. This account is not password protected. However, if you create another user account, the Administrator account gets automatically hidden from the logon screen. If you are using User account and forgot the password, please follow the guide below to reset it.

Option 1. Using Command Prompt

  • Step 1: Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.
  • Step 2: Here, reset your password, by entering following command: net user username (space) new password
  • Step 3: Now you can log into the user account for which you forgot the password with the new password.

Option 2. Enter Safe Mode

  • Boot the PC by pressing "F8". You will enter "Advance Boot Options" screen. Here, choose Safe Mode and press Enter. You will now see default Administrator account displayed at the login screen. Now you can reset the password of any user account.
  • Boot the computer normally. On the Windows XP welcome screen, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete twice. The traditional logon screen shall appear. Type "Administrator" in the User Name box and press "OK". With this, you have logged on to the Administrator account and change the password of any other account of which you have missed on the password and need to create a new password.
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Part 2. Safty Way to Reset Windows XP User/Administrator Password

You should know, Resetting the user account password is much simpler than the Admin password. For most of us, by following the free ways to reset Administrator password is impossible. Because of the steps and operational too complicated, furthermore, sometimes you may encounter the virus which may attack your computer and leak your persional data by downloading free tools. This the reason why I recommend PassFab 4WinKey, which was chosen by more than 100,000 users. No risk and 100% recovery rate are the advantages of the product.

Steps for using PassFab 4WinKey to reset Administraotr password

1. Steps make a bootable disk/USB flash drive

  • Step 1: Download and install PassFab 4WinKey on Windows PC to which you can have access.
  • Step 2: Select a boot media(USB/DVD/CD) and click "Burn".
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Now that a bootable device is successfully created, one shall proceed as per following guide to reset the password.

2. Restar the PC with bootable disk

  • Step 1: Insert the bootable USB or CD/DVD to your locked Windows PC.
  • Step 2: Restart the computer and press "F12" or "ESC" to enter the Boot Menu Interface.
  • Step 3: A list of boot choices shall appear on the screen, including the USB/CD/DVD which you have inserted. Select the device you have inserted. Select the boot device that you have created in Part 1 above.
  • select usb boot device
  • Step 4: Once you enter the locked Windows from boot disk, a password recovery interface shall appear. Here, you get an option for Windows XP admin password reset.

3. Reset Windows XP password

After the above process, in this part, one shall set up a new password which he has forgotten of his laptop or desktop.

  • Step 1: Choose Windows XP and select "Reset your password" option.
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  • Step 2: Select the Admin account from the list. The username of this account shall be displayed in "User Name" box. Also, a new default password is automatically generated and displayed in "Password" box. You can either use the default password or enter a new password in "New Password" box and reset the password.
  • Step 3: Click "Next" and new password shall be reset. On the screen, tap "Reboot" to restart your computer and log on to Windows XP with new password.
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So with the end of this article one must be well versed with how to reset windows XP password. Besides, knowing when should you choose free ways or paid tool is also important. If one forgets Administrator password, then Windows password Recpvery too shall be great savior for the user. Thanks for your reading.


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