Forgetting Windows XP password could put you in a world of pain. It's true that Windows XP enables you to create password recovery disc, but what do you do if you find yourself locked out without that disc? There are lots of options to recover the password nowadays but almost all of them require you to create a password cracking bootdisk. What if I tell you that you can change forgotten Windows XP password with a Windows XP installer CD?
Follow the steps below to use a Windows XP installation CD to boot off your computer to do a repair, and the command prompt lets you change your forgotten Windows XP password easily.
How to Change Forgotten Windows XP Password with an Install CD
- Insert a Windows XP install CD into the CD/DVD drive and turn on your computer.
- When the message "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD" appears, press any key to continue.
The Windows setup program will launch after a short time. Press Enter to select the first option.
Press F8 when the license agreement screen appears.
Now on the screen below you need to highlight your Windows installation if there is more than one. Press R key to repair your existing installation.
The setup wizard will start to copy the system files from the CD to your hard drive. It can take several minutes.
Just after the copying your computer will reboot automatically. Don't press any key and this time your computer will boot from the hard drive to continue the installation process.
Your computer will go through a step-by-step procedure to complete the installation. When the "Installing Windows" step is highlighted, press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt. Type control userpasswords2 and press Enter key.
Once the User Accounts dialog pops up, you can change or remove any user account password instantly without knowing the original password.
- Now after the repair is done, you can log on Windows XP with the newly created password.
This procedure requires a Windows XP installation CD along with its CD key. If you don't have a Windows XP installation CD or there is no CD/DVD drive on your computer, you can still change Windows XP password using the WindowsUnlocker utility. It allows you to create a bootable CD/USB which helps you to reset forgotten Windows password on any Windows system, including Windows 8/7/Vista/XP.