Windows® XP Password Reset
Do you know how you can recover or reset the password in Windows® XP?
It is better to reset the login password of your computer periodically to protect it from unauthorized access. You may also require resetting the password if you have purchased a secondhand computer and were not given the password by the person from whom you purchased the computer system. If it is a standard user password, you can easily log in as the administrator to change it, but changing the administrator password requires a little more technical aptitude.
Here, we discuss about the ways to reset the password of your computer system with Windows® XP:
- Why to reset the password in Windows® XP?
- How to reset the password in Windows® XP?
- How to recover the Windows® XP password?
Why to reset the password in Windows® XP?
The need to reset the login password of your computer system having Windows® XP may arise due to many reasons. Sometimes, it is because you have purchased a secondhand computer and were not given the password. You might purchase an old computer that has not been used for a long time and you have forgotten the password. If your computer system is networked with other computers at your home or office, then preventing unauthorized access to your system may also prompt you to reset the password periodically. In the worst case, you may forget the password and would be unable to login to your own system. In such cases, if you have access to the administrator account, you can change the password easily through the command prompt.
How to reset the password in Windows® XP?
Windows® XP allows its passwords to be reset so that you can regain control of your computer. Here is how you can reset a Windows® XP password: Use a second computer with a CD burner and Internet connection to download the files needed to unlock your computer and reset the password. Another method of resetting the password is by downloading a special program that will allow you to create an Emergency Recovery Disc (ERD) that will unlock your computer passwords. Burn the ERD program onto a blank CD. This ERD can be used to unlock and reset the passwords on any Windows® XP computer. Insert the ERD-loaded disc into your computer and reboot the system. As the computer tries to boot, it will detect the recovery program on the CD and run the program. Follow the prompts that appear on the screen to reset your Windows® XP password to something you can easily remember.
You can recover the password for an account in three ways. Any average user can recover the password by using any of these methods in about 20 minutes. The first method involves using another account with admin rights to retrieve the lost password. Log on to the machine with an active account, click on the ‘Start’ menu, and go to ‘Control Panel’. In ‘Classic View’, there is an icon for ‘User Accounts’. Once in ‘User Accounts’, select the account with the lost password from the bottom of the window, and click on ‘Reset Password’. The prompt will ask for the password in two fields, to make sure that it is typed properly.
The second method is by rebooting the computer in ‘Safe Mode’, and then using the administrator account to reset the password. Access the 'Boot Menu' by pressing ‘F8’ repeatedly. Once in the menu, select ‘Safe Mode’. The computer will then display the normal user accounts with an additional administrator account at the top. By default, this account will not have a password, and will allow the user to enter Windows® to recover the password of the forgotten account using the first method.
The third method involves reinstalling Windows® XP from the original installation disc, and giving the administrator account a new password when prompted. Reboot the computer with the CD in the drive, and then select ‘Boot from CD’ when prompted. As the system loads the installer, it detects the previous installation and asks to overwrite or repair it. Select ‘Repair’ and follow the prompts. It will ask for a new administrator password, and this new password will allow the other user accounts to be modified as well.