How to recover Windows XP password

Today we will teach you how to recover an unknown or lost password on the following version of Windows :

  • Windows XP


Recover Windows XP password

What we need ?

How to recover a Windows XP password

  1. Boot onto Offline NT Password Recovery disc and press 'ENTER'.

    Offline NT Bootscreen

    Offline NT Bootscreen

    Offline NT is booting

    Offline NT is booting

  2. On the first menu, press 'A' and then 'ENTER' to make it search available partitions.

    Show all partitions

    Show all partitions

  3. If you only have one partition, just press enter, it will select it automatically.  Otherwise, make sure you select the one with Windows XP installed on.

    Select Windows Partition

    Select Windows Partition

  4. On the next screen, system will ask you where are registry files, just press 'ENTER' since it detect automatically its location.  If you installed Windows on a different location, you need to specify it.

    Select default path

    Select default path

  5. Here we now select to reset password action.  Again this is default option, you just need to press 'ENTER'.

    Password reset action

    Password reset action

  6. Now, we chose to edit user data and password.

    Edit User Data

    Edit User Data

  7. The system will now list all username available to alter on your system.  Default is 'Administrator' account, one with highest privileges.  You can select it, or type in another account.

    Select windows username to reset

    Select windows username to reset

  8. We now have choice to input any password or simply blank it.  I prefer to blank it since it avoid typo problems. Remember you can change it when you boot into windows.

    Blank Windows XP Password

    Blank Windows XP Password

  9. When everything is done, you need to exit program and make sure you save changes to SAM.

    Save and write changes to SAM

    Save and write changes to SAM

  10. Reboot your computer and enjoy administrative privileges :)

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