Posts Tagged ‘reset windows xp password’

Can’t Remember Password to Login Windows XP on Old Laptop

July 5th, 2013 by Admin

I have an old Windows XP laptop that’s not been used for 5 years, problem is I had a password set up on it and can’t remember what it was, I’ve tried many different passwords that it could possibly be without any luck, is there anyway I can reset or bypass the login password? I have some important documents and pictures on there that I really don’t want to lose with a brand new Windows install.

Forgot Windows XP password on your old laptop? Is there any way to unlock a password protected laptop without data loss? Fortunately, with the help of PCUnlocker Live CD, you can reset lost Windows XP password for your user account, allowing you access back into the operating system.

PCUnlocker Live CD boots up before Windows does, thus allowing it to access the SAM database of your Windows XP installation and reset your lost admin/user password. This makes sense because without your password you are completely locked out of your old computer. Follow this tutorial and you can reset Windows XP password easily!

How to Reset Windows XP Password on Your Old Laptop?

  1. First download the zipped ISO image of PCUnlocker Live CD. After you’ve downloaded it, decompress the ZIP archive and you’ll have a bootable ISO image file: pcunlocker. Burn it on to a blank CD using ISO2Disc, ImgBurn or other CD burning program.
  2. Insert the boot CD into your old Windows XP laptop and restart the computer. Go into the boot menu when the computer starts up (press the F12, Esc, or other key to enter the boot menu) and choose to boot from the CD.
  3. Just one or two minutes later you’ll see the PCUnlocker program. It displays a list of Windows local accounts of your old Windows XP laptop.
  4. Select the user account whose password you want to reset and click on Reset Password button. The program will remove your forgotten Windows XP password and unlock the user account when it is disabled, locked out or expired.
  5. Click on Restart button and remove the boot CD. The laptop will restart and it will automatically login to your Windows XP system without requiring you to enter a password.

Can’t remember Windows XP password for your old laptop? Using PCUnlocker Live CD you can get past Windows XP login screen easily. Quickly unlock your old laptop by resetting your lost or forgotten Windows XP password.

Lost Windows XP Password – How to Get Back In?

April 12th, 2013 by Admin

Lost Windows XP password? How do you get back in? Is there a way to override or reset the password without wiping the entire system? Well, it is nearly impossible to recover the original password, but you can reset it easily, and Reset Windows Password utility can help. This tutorial will explain the process involved for resetting lost Windows XP password so you can get back in your computer quickly!

Lost Windows XP Password? A Simple Way to Get Back in Your Computer

Reset Windows Password utility is a program which runs from a bootable CD or USB flash drive. To reset your lost Windows XP password, you need to access to a computer with internet access in order to install the program to a CD or USB drive. After installing, you can use the CD/USB drive to boot off your locked PC and remove the login password instantly. Here are detailed instructions:

Step 1: Download

Download the Reset Windows Password utility on an alternate PC with internet access. Once the download completes Right-click the .zip file and Select “Extract All”. This will decompress the contents, which there should just be a single .iso file inside.

Step 2: Installing to CD or USB Drive

Next, use the freeware ISO2Disc to make a bootable CD/USB drive from the ISO image you downloaded in the previous step. Open up ISO2Disc program and click on “Browse” button to locate the ISO file and choose the blank CD or USB flash drive you’ve plugged in, then click on Start Burn. A password reset bootdisk will be created in minutes.

Step 3: Change Boot Order in BIOS

Insert the bootable CD/USB drive into your Windows XP computer which is locked out. Restart the computer and hold down F2 or whatever the setup key is shown as during the initial boot screen. This should bring up the BIOS. Change the boot order in BIOS so your computer will boot from the CD/USB drive prior to the hard drive.

Step 4: Boot from the CD/USB Drive

If you set up the BIOS correctly the computer should automatically boot from the bootable CD/USB drive. When it loads to the Reset Windows Password screen, click on “Reset Local Admin/User Password” option. It will display a list of Windows local user accounts existing in your Windows XP system.

Step 5: Reset Lost Windows XP Password

Choose a user account and click on “Reset Password” button, it will reset/remove your lost Windows XP password in seconds. Remove the CD/USB drive and restart the computer, you can then immediately get back in your Windows XP system without typing a password!

The procedure is so simple that nearly every user with some basic computer skills can use it to reset Windows XP password easily when they forgot or lost Windows XP password. This method also works with Windows 8, 7, Vista and other operating systems.

Forgot Windows XP Administrator Password

March 28th, 2013 by Admin

If you ever find yourself in a situation that your Windows XP computer is locked out because you’ve forgotten the administrator password, and you’ve already tried the Safe Mode and it doesn’t work, what else can you do?

Luckily there is a solution that can actually take you away from your frustrations with a password cracking application called Reset Windows Password. This is a great software that allows you to reset Windows XP administrator password even if you’re completely locked out of Windows. Follow this tutorial you can regain access to your computer in minutes.

How to Unlock Your Computer When Forgot Windows XP Administrator Password?

Before you begin the process of password resetting, you’ll first need a different computer with internet access to start your work. You also need a USB stick or a blank CD to make a password reset Live disc that would be used on your locked Windows XP computer.

Step 1: Make a Password Reset Live Disc

Download the self-extracting archive of Reset Windows Password utility on to your alternate computer. Once downloaded, extract the ISO file (ResetWindowsPwd.iso) from the ZIP file. Feel free to do this using the integrated tool in Windows or a dedicated program like WinZip.

Now you need to burn the ISO image file (ResetWindowsPwd.iso) to a CD or USB stick. There are many free burning programs which can do it easily, such as BurnCDCC, ImgBurn, ISO2Dic, etc.

Step 2: Boot Windows XP Computer from the Live Disc

Insert the password reset Live disc into the Windows XP computer that you’re trying to gain access to. Restart the computer and press the appropriate key (also called “BIOS Key”) at the start of the boot-up process – often when the manufacturer’s logo appears on screen – and you’ll be taken to the BIOS Setup screen. Change the boot order in BIOS to set the USB or CD as your first option for boot device and boot the computer from it.

Step 3: Reset Windows XP Administrator Password

Once the locked computer boots from the Live disc, it will load the Windows PE operating system inside the Live disc and open up the Reset Windows Password program. The program automatically finds the Windows XP installations on your hard drive, and analyzes the SAM (Security Accounts Manager) database and displays all Windows user accounts existing in your system.

Just choose the administrator account which you want to do a password reset, and click on “Reset Password” button. It will reset your forgotten Windows XP administrator password immediately!


Forgot Windows XP administrator password? Once you have done everything correct and now restart your computer, you will find that you can easily log into your system and an admin account is listed on the login screen. Select the administrator account and it will lead you to the desktop screen. You can now change your other user account’s passwords as well.

How to Regain Access to Your Computer When Forgot Windows XP Password

June 25th, 2012 by Admin

If you forgot Windows XP password, how can you recover it or otherwise how to start the computer without losing valuable information that is already stored in the system?

All of us have a password to protect our own computer.  If you find yourself locked out of a Windows XP computer because you lost or forgot your password, here is a tutorial that will help you reset Windows XP password, so you can easily regain access to your computer when you forgot Windows XP password.

There are many password recovery tools which could be used to recover Windows password, but most of them require that you can still log on your computer and get into Windows to install them. So if you are locked out of your computer and can’t log in using any administrator account, those tools are useless to you. The most effective and guarantee way is to create a password reset disk on another accessible computer, then use it to boot your locked computer and perform password recovery.

How to Reset Forgotten Windows XP Password:

  1. Download the zip archive of Reset Windows Password utility. Unzip it and burn the ISO image to a blank CD or USB stick.
  2. Insert the CD or USB stick into your locked computer and let your computer boot from it.
  3. After a while the bootdisk will launch the Reset Windows Password utility, which shows all user accounts available for your Windows XP installation. By default the Reset Local Admin/User Password option will be selected, the program will display a list of Windows local user accounts. The Reset Active Directory Password option is intended for resetting domain administrator password on domain controller. So we choose the first option.
  4. Choose the user account whose password you forgot, then click Reset Password button to remove your forgotten Windows XP password.

The last step is to remove the CD or USB stick, then restart the computer and you’ll be able to log in without a password and regain access to your computer immediately. No need to struggle to recall your password when you forgot Windows XP password next time.

Forgot Windows XP Password? How to Reset it with Sticky Key

June 15th, 2012 by Admin

Forgot Windows XP password? There are many ways to unlock your Windows installation if you forgot Windows password and can’t log on your computer. Today I’ll show you another procedure to reset Windows XP password with Sticky key. The main advantage of this password reset method is that you don’t need third-party software,  but it requires that you have a Windows PE bootdisk, or create one if you don’t have.

Note: For average computer users, we recommend you to use this password reset utility to reset your forgotten Windows XP password – Reset Windows Password.  The software also works with Windows 8/7/Vista and Windows Server 2008/2003/2000.

Supposed you have created a Windows PE bootdisk, then follow these steps below to reset Windows XP administrator password:

  1. Boot from Windows PE and access the command prompt.
  2. Find the drive letter of the partition where Windows XP is installed. It is usually C:. To find the drive letter, type C: (or D:, respectively) and search for the Windows folder. Note that Windows PE usually resides on X:.
  3. Type the following command (replace “c:” with the correct drive letter if Windows is not located on C:):
    copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\
    This creates a copy of sethc.exe to restore later.
  4. Type this command to replace sethc.exe with cmd.exe:
    copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
    Reboot your computer and start the Windows installation where you forgot the administrator password.
  5. After you see the logon screen, press the SHIFT key five times.
  6. You should see a command prompt where you can enter the following command to reset the Windows password:
    net user administrator new_password
    If you want to reset other account password, replace administrator with your desired account.
  7. You can now log on with the new password.

I recommend that you replace sethc.exe with the copy you stored in the root folder of your system drive in step 3. For this, you have to boot up again with Windows PE because you can’t replace system files while the Windows installation is online. Then you have to enter this command:

copy /y c:\sethc.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe

Now you are done! The sticky key trick takes advantage of the security holes in all current available Windows system. So I can’t assure if it will also work with Windows 8 or later operating system.