How to restore password?


I have lost my password for windows XP service pack2. I am currently using both WIN XP and LINUX fedora core2 on my pc. Can i disable the password for entry instead of trying some software for cracking it for me? I once did it with win2k professional but....that trick isn't working out with WINXP. I don't want to reinstall my os and i don't want to use a software to do the work for me.


This question was answered on October 20, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Note If you have not created a password reset disk, and you have also forgotten the

password for all user accounts, you cannot log on to your existing Windows installation

for security reasons This information applies to starting Windows XP typically, to safe

mode, and to Recovery Console In this case, you must perform a "clean" installation of

Windows XP, re-create all user accounts, and then reinstall all your programs

How to create a password reset disk

Use a computer administrator account

If you logged on to the computer by using an administrator account, follow these steps to

create a password reset disk for a user account:

1 Click Start, and then click Control Panel

2 In Control Panel, click User Accounts

3 In the User Accounts pane, click the account that you want to work with

4 Under Related Tasks, click Prevent a forgotten password to start the Forgotten

Password Wizard, and then click Next

5 Insert a blank, formatted disk into drive A, and then click Next

6 In the Current user account password box, type the password for the user account that

you chose in step 3, and then click Next.

Note If the user account does not have a password, do not type a password in the Current

user account password box.

The Forgotten Password Wizard creates the disk

7 When the Progress bar reaches 100% cmplete, click Next, and then click Finish

8 Remove and then label the password reset disk Store the disk in a safe place

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Posted by gilbert of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on October 20, 2004