How to Remove or Change Administrator Password In Windows XP

Sometimes you need to access your administrator account without password because you have already forgotten it. If there is a guest account created earlier, then there is no issue here. Otherwise you will need to format your computer. Here we are going to discuss a technique which you can change or remove your administrator account password without logging into your administrator account. You will need a fresh copy of Windows XP installer CD.

The administrator account provides you the full right to access your computer. Any guest account is a limited account and you could not access administrator right from this account like changing or removing administrator password, registry editing, group policy editing, etc. So it is not possible to retrieve administrator account password from here. That’s why you have to do it from boot option.

Remove or Change Administrator Account Password by Windows XP CD:

1. Insert a Windows XP disc into CD/DVD drive and reboot your computer.

2. Wait for the message “Press any key to Boot from CD or DVD”. Now press any key.

3. It will start to load the windows files from CD or DVD to your computer and after a short time there will appear  three options. Press enter to select the first option.

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4. Now the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen will be appeared. Press F8 to accept the agreement.

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5. Again you will be asked whether you want to repair Windows XP or not. Press R to repair. Now your hard disk will be checked and then setup will start to copy the windows files. It can take several minutes. Just after the copying  your computer will reboot automatically. Don’t press any key after rebooting. It will automatically continue the process.

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6. Watch at the left side of the screen. When the “Installing Windows” is highlighted, press Shift + F10 to open DOS prompt.

Type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. It allows you to access your user account.

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7. Enter into your administrator account and change or remove admin password within a second. It’s not required to put the previous password. From here you can create a new user account also.

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Now after the repair is done, log on into your system with the newly created password. This procedure will work with all the versions of Windows XP.

If your CD/DVD drive does not work properly, you can also create a bootable Windows XP USB drive and do a boot from USB drive. Note that you have to change the startup setting in the BIOS to boot from USB drive. Once the Windows installer boots up, you can then follow the steps 3-7 to remove/change your administrator password.

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14 comments

  1. it’s nice. first time to know this new trick.

    i got another you might already know. try with “chntpw” from Linux live CD/USB.
    :)

  2. As far as I know , there are two main methods to solve the windows password problem as follows:
    1st Method:
    Start system and when you see Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press ctrl+alt+del keys twice and it’ll show Classic Login box. Now type Administrator (without quotes) in Username and leave Password field blank. Now press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows.
    Now you can reset your account password from Control Panel – User Accounts.
    Same thing can be done using Safe Mode. In Safe Mode Windows will show this in-built Administrator account in Login screen.
    2th Method:
    Windows password Recovery software:
    for example:Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 . It is easy and convenient to use.
    http://www.windowspasswordsrecovery.com

  3. As far as I know , there are two main methods to solve the windows password problem as follows:
    1st Method:
    Start system and when you see Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press ctrl+alt+del keys twice and it’ll show Classic Login box. Now type \Administrator\ (without quotes) in Username and leave Password field blank. Now press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows.
    Now you can reset your account password from \Control Panel – User Accounts\.
    Same thing can be done using Safe Mode. In Safe Mode Windows will show this in-built Administrator account in Login screen.
    2th Method:
    Windows password Recovery software:
    for example:Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 . It is easy and convenient to use.
    http://www.windowspasswordsrecovery.com

  4. ok, thank you for you recommendation. Compare to these tools ,I used one call “Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0” ago. It’s quite easy an quick to reset forgot windows password. So I think it’s the best one of them

  5. There’s a way to reset the password and it doesn’t involve

    reformatting and reinstalling Windows. The solution is called Windows Password Reset

    7.0. It can reset almost all Windows passwords in seconds. It

    is a great windows

    password recovery tool . you can log in again just in one

    second. It also support windows 7 password

    reset.

  6. as far as i know
    1.go into safe mode (F8 at logo when booting up) and enter as administrator and then go to accounts and change the password
    2.use software to reset windows password,i found the windows password unlocker is convenient.
    http://www.passwordunlocker.com/products/wpu.html

  7. as far as i know
    1.go into safe mode (F8 at logo when booting up) and enter as administrator and then go to accounts and change the password
    2.use software to reset windows password,i found the windows password unlocker is convenient.
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&newwindow=1&q=windows+password+unlocker&btnG=Search&aq=f&oq=&aqi=

  8. hey its all gr8!! if i am getting it correctly then you can probably hack a windows system with these options.. all password protection is then a way to fool a naive like me no more now, i will definitely try this in lab now where these people lock every right for the administrator !!!! this CTRL+ALT+DEL really sounds too easy.. i’ll try and get back here…

  9. lost windows password? you can go into safe mode (F8 when booting up) to reset windows password when you forgot user account password,but if you forgot administrator password,there is no way to change administrator password when you forgot it,you must use software to reset administrator password.my favorite is windows login recovery.

    http://www.windowsloginrecovery.com

  10. You can use the windows password recovery tool “Any Windows Password Recovery 3.0 ” to help reset windows password to blank,it need not to reformat and reinstall windows OS,then with no data losing.Its easy.
    The reference link to windows password recovery soft: http://www.anypasswordrecovery.com/download.html

  11. I often use Advanced Windows Password Recovery 4.0 to reset password when I lost windows password. It worked great for me with no reinstall and no data loss.
    And It’s very easy to use.
    More info: http://digg.com/software/Advanced_Windows_Password_Recovery_Password_Reset

  12. If you lost windows password. I think the best solution is making a windows password recovery disk with the third part utility. The disk works perfectly to recover windows password to “Blank”. It is also useful for administrator password recovery, you can wrote it to an blank CD or USB flash drive to recover administrator password. Booting up and clearing a password takes a minute or two works like a charm.
    more info: http://www.windowsloginrecovery.com

  13. HI!, I had met the headache things that I had forgotten Windows login password. The login screen rejected my passwords. I was frustrated because there was very important data on my disk and I couldn't reinstall the OS. …………. However, I fortunately got to know the Windows Password Recovery Tools below .
    1. Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0
    2. Windows Password Key 8.0
    3. Windows Password Recovery 6.0
    4. any windows password reset 7
    5. windows password crack
    6. windows 7 password
    I compare these tools and try the first one, it help me to recover my forgotten windows xp password in only five minutes.

  14. Your suggestion does sometimes bear fruit?but if that not work,try this:
    Using a 3rd party utilities which is claim to reset/recover/unlock/crack the forgotten/lost password
    such as:
    Password Recovery Bundle
    Windows Password Recovery 6.0
    Office Password Recovery 5.0

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