How do i reset my windows xp password?

Somebody asked me how do i reset my windows xp password the other day now for me its common knowledge but for others it may not be.

Say you have some really good intentions you set yourself a password to try and keep your laptop or computer secure. So secure infact that even you as the owner cannot remember the password or in some cases the username to log back in then what do you do?

    There is a simple solution

1. Reboot your computer while tapping F8 – > this will start your computer in ‘Safe mode’.
You may wonder what safe mode is, if thats you then look no further:

Safe Mode is a special way for Windows to load when there is a system-critical problem that interferes with the normal operation of Windows. The purpose of Safe Mode is to allow you to troubleshoot Windows and try to determine what is causing it to not function correctly. Once you have corrected the problem, then you can reboot and Windows will load normally.

2. This will now start your computer in safe mode which will allow you to simply head onto your control panel following the below sequence.
Desktop start button – > Right hand side (6 up from the bottom in most cases) Control panel – > User Accounts – > Change an account or create new account.

3. You can now add change passwords etc as normal, this is because when you are logged in under safe mode windows presumes you are the system administrator and therefore gives you full priviledges.

This applies mainly for Windox xp machine, but the same principal can be applied on all windows operating systems.

Thats all there is to it.
Hope some day some people might find this useful.


Blog written by Dave

I am one of the Directors of Bytewire and I like to blog about lots of different and interesting stuff surrounding the website design and development world.


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