Windows XP - Forgot Windows XP Password? Ways to Find Windows XP Password

Asked By Michele on 07-Mar-11 02:48 AM

Question: I forgot my Windows XP Password and now I am locked out of my computer, is there any way to find My Windows XP Password?

Answer: Don’t worry - if you forgot Windows XP password, there are many methods you can used to find a Windows XP password.

Method 1: Try To Guess your forgotten Windows XP Password.

Don't laugh! You'd be surprised how often this works. So, before you jump into any high tech windows password recovery solutions, try your hardest to remember what your forgotten Windows XP password may have been.

Most passwords, even complicated ones, are often tied to common things in our life, such as people, places and things in our personal and professional lives.

Could your Windows XP password have had anything to do with?


  • Your name or the name of your friend or family member?
  • Your birthday or your loved one's birthday?
  • Your home or office address?
  • Your lovely pet's name?
  • Your favorite food?
  • A frequently dialed telephone number?
  • A combination of any of the above?

Method 2: Use Your Windows XP Password Reset Disk

Assuming you were proactive and created a Windows XP password reset disk at some point in the past, use it at the XP logon screen to change your password.
Your Windows XP password reset disk will still work even if you've changed your Windows XP password since creating the disk. Follow these steps to reset Windows XP password.
Step 1: Click use your password reset disk. The Password Reset Wizard starts. The Password Reset Wizard allows you to create a new password for your user account. Then click Next.
Step 2: Insert your password reset disk into drive A, and then click Next.
Step 3: Type a new password in the Type a new password box, then confirm the password. Click Next.
Step 4: Click Finish. The Password Reset Wizard quits, and you return to the Windows XP logon screen.

Method 3: Have Another User Account With Administrator Privileges

If you have other user accounts on your computer, one of them may be setup with administrator level access. This means that you can log on with this account to change your forgotten Windows XP password.

Method 4: Hack Your Windows XP Account With Windows Password Recovery Program

If you still can’t find your Windows XP password from the above methods, then it's time to try something a bit more technical.
Windows password recovery tools are software programs designed to recover or reset a lost/forgotten Windows XP password. They are considered as the best windows password recovery solution. Here take Windows Password Recovery 6.0 as example. You can find Windows XP password with 3 easy steps:
Step 1: Download and install Windows Password Recovery 6.0
Step 2: Burn windows password recovery 6.0 to CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive
Step 3: Reset your Windows password

Method 5: Still Can't Find Your Windows XP Password?

If you still can't find your forgotten windows XP password, even after using the Windows password recovery programs linked above, you will need to perform a clean install of Windows XP which will erase everything on your PC.

Reena Jain replied to Michele on 07-Mar-11 02:52 AM

There are 5 way to get the windows XP password

Using Ctrl Alt Delete

This is the easiest one in my opinion. If your press Ctrl Alt Del when you are logged onto your Windows XP machine, it will show you the classic security options.

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Select change password and change the password of the logged on user.

Note: If the security options does not appear. Task manager shows up instead of the security options. Just go to Start –> Control Panel –> User Accounts –> Change the way Users Log on or off.

Uncheck Use the Welcome Screen. Log off and logon again. Now pressing Ctrl Alt Del will show the security options window.

Using Control Panel

To change your password using Control Panel, go to Start –> Control Panel –> User Accounts

Tip: You can also open control panel by Start –> Run –> control. This will open Control Panel.

Select the user for which you want to change the password and select Change my password.

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Please note that you may need appropriate privileges to change the password of another user.

Using Command Prompt

To change the password of a user from the command prompt, go to Run –> cmd.

Command prompt will open. Use the following commands to change the password:

net user username password /domain

Replace username with the original username and password with the new password you want to assign to that user. /domain is optional. If you are in a domain environment, specify the domain name otherwise, if you’re using a local user, leave /domain. If I want to change the password of user Sanix to 12345. I will issue the following command at command prompt:

net user Sanix 12345

It will change the password of the user Sanix to 12345. Please note that if you’re not logged on as an administrator, you will get the following error:

System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied”

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If you want to have full usage of the net user command, go to the following Microsoft Article.

Using Control userpasswords2

To use this classic user management, go to Start –> Run –> control userpasswords2

This will open the classic user accounts management window. Select any user and select reset password.

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Using Computer Management Console

To use the computer management console to change the passwords of the users, right click My Computer –> Manage –> Local Users And Groups –> Users

Right click the username for which you want to change the password and select Reset Password.

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hope this will help you
jerry replied to Michele on 15-Sep-11 05:02 AM
Reset Windows password for Windows XP laptop?

In Windows XP, there is a Administrator account without password by default. So you can try to reset your password in Windows XP if you don’t set a password for the account.

Step 1: Press Ctrl+Alt+Del twice when you enter the welcome screen, and the classic login screen will come up.

Step 2: Enter “Administrator” in the username field and leave the password filed blank.

Step 3: Press Enter and you’ll be able to log on your computer.

Step 4: Right-click Computer and select Manage.

Step 5: Clik Local Groups and Users, and then click Users. And all the Windows XP account will be listed for you.

Step 6: Right-click target Windows account and select Reset password.

Step 7: Set a new Windows XP password.


If this method doesn’t work for you, you can create a Windows password reset disk with Windows Password Unlocker Professional. It allows you to use a CD/DVD or USB drive to create a password reset disk.

Step 1: Download and install Windows Password Unlocker in any computer.

Step 2: Burn a password reset disk with CD/DVD or USB flash drive

Step 3: Boot your locked computer from CD/DVD or USB

Step 4: Reset Windows password with the burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive.

Dianiysom replied to Michele on 09-Oct-11 02:59 AM

Sometimes, when we locked out of the computer due to forgetting or lost the password that we realize the importance of the password reset disk. Many people search the internet to find how to make a password reset disk when they forgot Windows password. Here take Windows XP system for example. This tutorial will show you 2 useful ways to make a XP password reset disk when you locked out.



Way 1: Ophcrack XP Live CD


Ophcrack is an open source program that recovers passwords based on rainbow tables. When forgot Windows XP password, you can use the program to make a password reset disk.

1. Log in any available computer not yours (as you’ve locked out of the computer), download the tool and install it.


2. Then burn the program to a blank CD/DVD.


3. Make sure your computer can boot from the disk, and insert it to reset the password


Ophcrack is quite useful, but it doesn’t promise you to reset the password successful, then you may need the second way


Way 2: Windows Password Key


Make a password reset disk with Windows Password Key, which allows you to burn the program to a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive to reset the password in a few clicks. Unlike Ophcrack live CD, this program promise 100% password recovery, so there is no need to worry about. The making process is just like Ophcrack


First, you need to find another available computer or laptop but remember not your locked one. Prepare a blank CD/DVD, or a 2 GB USB flash drive.


Then download Windows Password Key in the computer and install it. Launch the program, and select to burn to CD or USB then hit Convert, a few minutes, you can have you XP password reset disk.


Then use the disk to reset your password

1. Set the BIOS to use the disc as your primary boot device.

2. Insert the disc and boot your Windows XP from it.

3. When Windows starting, you’ll see the program is Initializing, a black dos appears, choose the right number to select the account name to reset the password. When finish, it will show you a dialogue about your account password has been removed or reset.

4. Restart your computer, then you can use the account to log in.


XP password reset disk is really helpful if you forgot the password; try to make a disk to solve your problem when you locked out of the computer.

xu syon replied to Reena Jain on 07-Feb-12 07:54 AM
Four steps can help you break the Windows 8/7/vista/xp/2008/2003/2000 password:
Step 1: Download Windows Password Rescuer /Daos Windows 7 password recovery tool on any available computer you have access to.
Step 2: Install Windows Password Rescuer and run it to burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive
Step 3: BIOS setting of your locked computer to set it boot from CD/USB.
Step 4: Insert the newly CD/USB to the computer.Reset Windows password successfully after Windows Password Rescuer starts.
You also can use Windows Password Rescuer to add a new user with administrator privilege to your Windows. With this New user account you can logon your locked computer directly.

Windows password reset by four steps! More about:Windows 7 password reset,Windows Vista password reset, Windows XP password reset.
Yang Wang replied to Michele on 11-Jul-13 06:12 AM
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Yang Wang replied to Yang Wang on 12-Aug-13 03:52 AM
There are many ways to reset lost Windows passwords, but I think the best and easiest way to reset Windows password is to use the Windows password recovery software. Here is the solution of