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How can I reset the administrators password in Windows XP?

Posted By : Henry of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 22, 2004

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help reset adminitrators password. it was changed and forgooten by my kids playing so I need to get into our computer and reset the password

This question was answered on November 22, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Method 1: Use a password reset disk

If you created a password reset disk for Windows XP, reset your password by using the password reset disk.

Method 2: Log on as an administrator to reset the password

If you cannot log on to Windows by using a particular user account (including the Administrator or Computer Administrator accounts), but you can log on to another account that has administrative credentials (including the Administrator or Computer Administrator accounts), follow these steps:

1 Log on to Windows by using the administrator account that has a password that you remember

2 Click Start, and then click Run

3 In the Open box, type the following command, and then click OK:

control userpasswords2

4 Click the user account that you forgot the password for, and then click Reset Password

5 Type a new password in both the New password and the Confirm new password boxes, and then click OK

Warning If you reset the password for a user account in this manner in Windows XP Professional, the following kinds of information for that user will be no longer available:• E-mail messages that are encrypted with the user's public key

• Internet passwords that are saved on or remembered by the computer

• Any files that the user has encrypted

You should now be able to log on to Windows with the user account and the new password The following sections provide step-by-step instructions to reset the password for a typical user account in Safe Mode by using the Administrator (or Computer Administrator account.

Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional in a workgroup

To log on as Administrator and reset the password, follow these steps:

1 Restart the computer After the Power On Self Test (POST), press the F8 key

2 On the Windows Advanced Options menu, use the ARROW keys to select Safe Mode, and then press ENTER

3 When you are prompted to select the operating system to start, select Microsoft Windows XP edition (where edition is the edition of Windows XP that is installed), and then press ENTER

4 On the To begin, click your user name screen, click Administrator

5 Type the administrator password, and then press ENTER.

Note In some cases, the Administrator password may be set to a blank password In this case, do not type a password before you press ENTER

6 Click Yes to acknowledge that Windows is running in safe mode

7 Click Start, and then click Control Panel (or point to Settings, and then click Control Panel)

8 Click User Accounts

9 Click the user account whose password you want to change

10 Click Change the Password if you want to keep a password, or click Remove password if you do not want to use a password If you remove the password, go to step 11

11 Type the new password for the user, and then click Change Password

12 Quit the User Accounts tool, and then restart the computer

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Posted by Henry of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 22, 2004

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