These techniques to recover a lost xp password are among the more advanced Windows XP Tips and Tricks. In some cases, recovering from a lost password can be very easy though.
For completeness’ sake we start with the simplest tips that can help you regain access to a locked account. But even if you find yourself in a more complex situation, please read on. You’ll find out what to do.
If you can log in another user account
2. Open “Local Users and Groups” and go to “Users”. Right-click on your account and select “Set Password”:
If there are no other users on your machine to unlock your account, you need to reset your password "offline". Offline means that you boot your pc from outside your usual Windows XP environment using a boot disk or a bootable cdrom.
This offline technique to recover a lost xp password isn’t for the faint of heart; the procedure isn’t presented in a nice graphical interface and there even is a small risk involved …
Sometimes the password reset fails and as a consequence you cannot log on with the locked user account afterwards. This doesn’t happen often though, and if you are reading this because you need to recover a lost xp password …
you weren’t able to log on after all …
Of course you will need access to another pc to create a boot disk or bootable cd.
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