These techniques to recover a lost password XP, are among the most advanced tricks Windows XP tips. In some cases, restoration can be forgotten a password, even if very simple.
For the sake of completeness, it starts with simple tips that can help you regain access to a blocked account. But even if you are in a complex situation, please read on. You what to do to discover.
Warning : Be especially careful if you use Encrypting File System (EFS) in Windows XP Professional. If you do not know what is EFS, probably should not worry. This is a feature of Windows XP Professional File, which deals with local security. If you always use care in private and public key before exporting to reset your password.
If you can login with another user account
If you share your computer with other users it’s fairly simple to regain access to your account. You could ask one of the other users to log on to Windows with their password and perform the following steps :
- Click the Start button
- Click "Run"
- In the "Open" field, type "control userpasswords2" (without the quotes)
- Click ok
Windows opens a dialog box, click User Accounts. Choose a user with the lost password and click Reset Password ". Enter (a new password and again in the confirmation window) and click OK. Click OK again and you’re ready.
Now you can log on to your windows account using the new password.
More advanced password recovery
If there aren’t other users on your computer to unlock your account, you must reset the password "offline." Offline means that you reboot the PC outside of the normal Windows XP environment using a boot floppy or CD-Rom.
This technique is not consistent, a forgotten password, XP is not for the faint of heart, the procedure is not presented in a graphical interface, and there are also retrieve a small risk premium….
Sometimes the password can not be reset, and there is no record in May after the user account locked. This does not happen often, and if you read this, because it is necessary to recover lost passwords XP …
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.
Is your boot sequence right ?
Determine the computer boot sequence in BIOS setup and see if your PC can boot from a floppy disk or CD-ROM. To enter the BIOS, usually you need a key or key combination you press during startup. Depending on the brand of the computer can be:
- The F1 key
- The F2 key
- The F10 key
- The del key
If you have made your way into the BIOS, now would the time to choose either your floppy drive or your cdrom as primary startup device.
Below is a BIOS boot sequence screenshot where the floppy drive has top priority.
Creating the boot disk
You can download an offline password and registry editor to create the bootable disk at http://www.windowspasswordsrecovery.com/
How to create the windows password recovery boot disk
After you have downloaded the Offline Password and Registry editor you have a .zip file on your hard drive that could use some unzipping. Depending on the choice that you have made in your BIOS, you either need to carry out the steps to create a bootable floppy, or the steps to create a bootable cdrom.
Instructions for the boot disk (floppy)
Once unzipped, you’ll have 1 files : exe, Put a blank, formatted floppy in your floppy drive and launch install.bat. That will create a bootable floppy from which you need to boot your pc (the one with the lost xp password).
The bootable cdrom
The unzipped file delivers a .iso file that you need to burn to a cd with your cd burner software. That creates a bootable cd to boot your pc (again, the one with the lost xp password).
Time to fix that lost xp password
Shortly after you boot your computer from the floppy or cd you’ll have an intimidating screen filled with text staring you in the face.
Like this :
There’s no need to feel overwhelmed. In order to reset your lost xp password you need to go through some questions in a number of steps. In each step the program offers a default answer. Usually these defaults are ok and you just need to press ENTER.
Step 1 : Select the disk where the Windows XP installation is.
Step 2 : Select PATH and registry files. For most Windows installations you can safely accept the defaults.
Step 3 : Select the user account whose password you forgot and want to reset. then click the “reset” button. After you do that, a message box will be pull up , ask you to confirm reset.
Step 4 : No the password has been reset to blank. you can reboot you computer and remove the boot disk.
You should now be able to log on with your account and add the new password.