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How to Reset Windows XP Passwords [Full Guide in 2023]

This article will guide you on how to reset Windows XP passwords. By following these step-by-step instructions, you can easily overcome the problem of forgotten Windows passwords. And we will provide 6 solutions in this tutorial.

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Updated by Cici on Sep 19, 2023

This passage offers seven methods to reset Windows XP password:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Reset Windows XP Password via Password Reset Tool Step 1. Insert the target USB disk into the computer, download and run EaseUS Partition Master, and click "Toolkit" > "Password Reset."...Full steps
Reset Windows XP Password via Ctrl + Alt + Del After booting your system, it will load the Welcome Screen. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete twice...Full steps
Reset Windows XP Password via CMD Restart your PC/Laptop to access the Windows XP Safe Mode...Full steps
Reset Windows XP Password via Another Account Open the Computer Management window by right-clicking on My Computer and...Full steps
Reset Windows XP Password via Boot CD First, you should create a bootable Windows USB/CD drive...Full steps
More Methods You can reset Windows XP passwords via Regedit or Reinstallation...Full steps

What should we do when we forget our Windows XP passwords? You must regain access to your computer by resetting your password. You can reset your Windows XP password if you know the proper methods. And the type of password that can be reset is the admin password. 

In this article, EaseUS will teach you different useful methods, so read thoroughly and understand every instructional step.

How to Reset Windows XP Password?

Forgetting the administrator password in Windows XP can be incredibly frustrating and prevent you from using your computer normally. However, seven effective methods are available to crack your Windows XP password. Let's explore these methods and start trying them out. In this section, we'll learn seven ways to reset Windows XP passwords.

Further Reading: Unlock HP Laptop Without Password

Method 1. via Password Reset Tool

The fastest way to reset your password is to use a professional tool, and EaseUS Partition Master Server provides the Password Reset feature to help you do it easily. It provides simple operations to quickly reset passwords even if you are a novice.

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Step 1. Insert the target USB disk into the computer, download and run EaseUS Partition Master, and click "Toolkit" > "Password Reset."

navigate to password reset

Step 2. A small window will pop up. After reading it carefully, click "Create".

create bootable media

Step 3. Select the correct USB flash drive or external mobile hard disk and click "Create" again. Wait patiently. After the password reset USB flash drive is created, click "Finish."

click create

Step 4. Remove the password reset USB, insert it into the locked PC, and restart. You will be asked to change the boot drive to boot the PC from USB. Once completed, the system will automatically boot from USB.

Step 5. After restarting, find EaseUS Partition Master again and go to "Password Reset." All accounts on the PC will be displayed in the interface; click on the target account and check "Reset & Unlock."

select the correct account

Step 6. When you receive this prompt, click "Confirm" to continue. Your password will be erased.

confirm the action

Method 2. via Ctrl + Alt + Del

If you set the Windows XP system to log in through the Welcome screen, let's try this first method to reset the Windows XP password quickly using Ctrl + Alt + Del keys. But this method has a drawback because it only works if there is no existing password for the Admin Windows XP account.

Let's follow the operational steps:

Step 1. After booting your system, it will load the Welcome Screen. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete twice to access the user login panel.

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Step 2. Next, click OK to log in without a username or password. If this doesn't work, enter "Administrator" into the Username field and click OK

Step 3. If you can log in, go to Control Panel > User Account > Change Account. From there, select the account you want to change the password and follow the instructions on the screen.

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Method 3. via CMD

The next method is to reset the Windows XP password through Command Prompt. First, we'll try to reset through "Safe Mode with Command Prompt." But for any reason, if it doesn't work, we'll try through CMD from within Safe Mode.

Here's how:

Step 1. Restart your PC/Laptop to access the Windows XP Safe Mode.

Step 2. While your computer is booting, press the F8 key.

Step 3. Now, you have to select the third option, "Safe Mode with Command Prompt."

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Step 4. After entering "Safe Mode," you must go to Control Panel > User Account > Change Account. From there, select the account you want to change the password and follow the instructions on the screen.

Occasionally, you may encounter computer issues that prevent you from changing user settings, such as a virus. You can utilize the Command Prompt from within Safe Mode in such cases.

Step 5. While in Safe Mode, open the Run dialog by pressing the Windows Key + R. Next, type CMD, and hit Enter to open the Command Prompt. From there, input the following command: net user [account name] [new password]

The outcome should look like this:

That command selects your account and sets a new password. In case you want to remove the password and set a new one, you can use the following command instead: net user [account name]."

Method 4. via Another Account

You can reset your Windows XP password through another account, but a drawback is that this method only works if you use Windows XP Professional. We'll first try to reset through Computer Management. If this doesn't work, we'll use Remote User Management. For Remote User Management, we need another PC on the same network.

Please follow the instructional steps carefully and don't miss any step:

Step 1. Open the Computer Management window by right-clicking on My Computer and selecting Manage.

Step 2. Within the Computer Management window, navigate to the following path via the left-hand navigation bar: System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users. Right-click on your user account and choose Set Password. Track the on-screen instructions and reset your Windows XP admin password.

reset via another account

Via Remote User Management

If you cannot access the Computer Management window from your account, you can try using remote access. To do this, you'll need another computer on the same network (it doesn't have to be a Windows XP system, but it must be running on a Windows platform).

1. Right-click on Computer Management (Local) from the Computer Management window and choose Connect to another computer > Another Computer.

2. In the "Another computer" field, type the IP address of the computer you like to connect to or type the computer name (such as \\DesktopPC).

3. Click on "Browse" and "Advanced." Choose "Find Now" to scan your local network for computers.

reset via user management

4. Once you have remote access, return to the Computer Management window and navigate to System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users.

5. Right-click on the user account for which you've forgotten the Windows XP administrator password, and select "Set Password." Then, follow the instructions provided on-screen to reset the password.

Method 5. via Boot CD

This method requires a bootable CD to break or decrypt Windows XP passwords. First, we should create a bootable USB/CD drive if you don't know how. You can watch a tutorial on YouTube or read a how-to guide about it.

Kindly follow the below operational steps and be careful regarding each step:

Step 1. First, you should create a bootable Windows USB/CD drive.

Step 2. Insert the bootable drive into your Windows XP PC, and restart it from the bootable disc. When you see a message displaying, "Press any key to boot from CD," you must press any key from your keyboard.

Step 3. While on the Setup screen, follow the prompts and press the F8 key to accept the license agreement.

Step 4. Use the arrow keys to choose the Windows XP installation, and then press the R key to initiate the repair process. Once the repair process is complete, Windows XP will restart and show a message, "Press any key to boot from CD."

Step 5. When you notice the "Installing Device" progress bar at the bottom left corner, press the Shift + F10 keys from your keyboard to open the Command Prompt window. Then type "nusrmgr.cpl" into the CMD window and press Enter.

Step 6. In the pop-up window, you must choose "Change an account" and the account you want to change the password for. Next, select "Create a password" and follow the on-screen prompts to finish the process.

reset via boot cd

Method 6. via Regedit

Here we will explain a method involving the Registry Editor, but please note that this method can be risky and should be attempted with caution.

It's essential to follow each step carefully to avoid causing any damage to your system.

Step 1. Open CMD and type Regedit.

Step 2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList in the Registry Editor.

Step 3. Locate the Administrator option in the right panel. If it is not there, right-click in the right-side panel, choose a new DWORD, name it "Administrator," and press Enter. Then double-click the newly created option, enter the value 1, and press OK.

reset via regedit

Step 4. Restart your computer, and you will see a new Administrator user login without a password. You can now log in to this account and change the password of the lost account.

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Method 7. via Reinstallation

If all other methods are failed and you still find yourself locked out of your Windows XP account, there is one last option to regain access to your computer. However, before starting, it is essential to note that this method requires some technical expertise and should be cautiously undertaken.

Firstly, you must remove the hard drive from your computer and connect it to another machine to back up any important data you do not want to lose. Once you have backed up your data, you must format the hard drive, erasing its contents.

After completing the formatting process, you can reinstall Windows XP and set a secure and easy-to-remember new password. This method may seem extreme, it is sometimes the only option when all else fails. Pursuing professional service is recommended if you are not confident in your ability to carry out these steps independently.

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It's frustrating that sometimes we forget our Windows XP passwords and cannot access our PC and stored data. In this regard, we experienced 7 different methods to neutralize password security and break it so you can create a new password. We hope above discussed solutions will work best for you and that you'll get rid of this issue quickly. If you know another useful solution, please let us know. We'll love to learn from you.

FAQs About Reset Windows XP Password

If you still have questions or need further information about resetting your Windows XP password, here are some frequently asked questions that may help.

1. How to reset Windows XP password without a CD?

Several methods allow you to easily reset the Windows XP Password without a CD. You can reset your Windows XP Password via Ctrl + Alt + Del, CMD, or Regedit. These three are straightforward, and we mentioned the detailed steps above. Through these methods, you don't need any USB/CD drive.

2. How to unlock the HP laptop forgot the password without the disk?

There are several ways to unlock your HP laptop without a disk. But remember that each method has advantages and disadvantages; some can erase all your stored data and format everything. You can unlock your HP laptop using a hidden administrator account, HP recovery manager, factory resetting, or contacting a local HP store.

3. How to reset a forgotten password on Windows 10?

On Windows 10 version 1803 and later, if you've forgotten your Windows 10 password for a local account, you must answer security questions to sign back in.

After attempting with an incorrect password:

Step 1. Go to the sign-in screen and select the "Reset password" link. However, if you use a PIN to log in, please refer to the PIN sign-in issues.

Note: Remember that if you're using a work device connected to a network, the option to reset your password or PIN might not be visible. If that's the case, don't worry! You can contact your administrator for further assistance.

Step 2. Enter your security questions.

Step 3. Create a new password.

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Updated by Cici

Cici is the junior editor of the writing team of EaseUS. She accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS for over one year. Now, she wrote a lot of professional articles to help people resolve the issues of hard drive corruption, computer boot errors, and disk partition problems.

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