Password Recovery in Windows XP

How to Recover Password in Windows XP

First Method:

If you forgot your log-in password in Windows XP. When we install Windows, it automatically creates an account "Administrator" and sets its password to blank. So if you have forget your user account password then try this:

Start system and when you see Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, 
  • Press <ctrl>+<alt>+<del> keys twice and it'll show Classic Login box. 
  • Now type "Administrator" (without quotes) in Username and leave Password field blank.
  • Now press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows.
Now you can reset your account password from 
  • "Control Panel -> User Accounts".
Same thing can be done using Safe Mode. In Safe Mode Windows will show this in-built Administrator account in Login screen.

Second Method:

Windows XP and further versions also provide another method to recover forgotten password by using "Reset Disk". If you created a Password Reset Disk in past, you can use that disk to reset the password.

Third Method:

If the above mentioned tricks don't work, then try following trick which is actually a loophole in Windows XP Setup and a big security hole:
  • Boot using Windows XP Setup CD and follow the instruction.
  • When it asks to repair your existing Windows installation, accept it and press "R" to run the repair.
  • Setup will start repairing your Windows and will start copying files, etc.
  • 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.
  • Now it'll start doing other tasks and will show a small progressbar with a few details in left side.
  • Look carefully at the details and when it shows "Installing devices", press <Shift>+F10 keys in your keyboard.
  • It'll open a Command Prompt window. Now type nusrmgr.cpl and press <Enter>.
  • It'll open the same "User Accounts" window which you see in Control Panel.
  • Now you can remove or reset any account password without any problem.
Fourth Method:

There are many 3rd party utilities which claim to recover forgotten Windows password, like Ophcrack,Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, and many others.

Fifth Method:

If all fails, then simply reformat your Windows XP.

That's all that I've got.

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