BEFORE Forgetting Windows Password Disaster:
you think it is none of your business to do this right now? But we
don't know what will happen in the future. Creating a password reset
disk is the best way to prevent you into the forgotten windows password
disaster. With it, you can easily reset your password and get right in
With it, you don't ever have to worry about forgetting your password again.It's true that there are ways to recover Windows password without a password reset disk but they are often complicated and time consuming.
BEFORE creating a password reset disk you have to prepare these:
- a floppy disk drive.
- a blank floppy disk.
- A computer with Windows OS.
- Less than 5 minutes of time.
- A sober brain.
Let’s begin! I will take Windows XP for example. Other OS is very similar to do this.
1.Click on Start
and then Control Panel
2.Click on the User Accounts
If you're viewing the Classic View
of Control Panel, double-click on the User Accounts
3.In the pick an account to change
area of the User Accounts
window, click on your Windows XP user name
4.In the Related Tasks
area on the left, click the Prevent a forgotten password
5.When the Forgotten Password Wizard
window appears, click Next
6.On the next screen, verify that a blank floppy disk is inserted in your floppy disk drive. Click Next
7.With the disk still in the drive, enter your current account password in the text box and click Next
8.Windows XP will now create the password reset disk.
When the progress indicator shows 100% complete
, click Next
and then click Finish
in the next window.
9.You can now remove the floppy disk from your computer.
Label the disk "Password Reset" and your “user name” and then store it in a safe place.
AFTER Forgetting Windows Password Disaster:
only need to create a password reset disk for your Windows XP logon
password once. No matter how many times you change your password, this
disk will always allow you to create a new one.
- While a
password reset disk will certainly come in handy if you ever forget
your password, keep in mind that anyone who possesses this disk will be
able to access your account at any time, even if you change your
- All the user accounts have to make its OWN disk!
I admit that this is the most important part. Because when you read
this article, it is probable that you already forgot your important
windows password. But this might help you ou!1. Use the “Reset Disk”.
Windows XP and further versions also provide another method to recover forgotten password by using "Reset Disk
If you created a Password Reset Disk as above in past, you can use that
disk to reset the password. To know more about it, please visit
following links:How to create and use a password reset disk for a computer in a domain in Windows XPHow to Log On to Windows XP If You Forget Your Password or Your Password Expires 2. Using Windows XP Setup CD
the above mentioned tricks don't work, then try following trick which
is actually a loophole in Windows XP Setup and a big security hole:A.
Boot using Windows XP Setup CD and follow the instruction like Accepting EULA, etc.B.
When it asks to repair your existing Windows installation, accept it and press "R
" to run the repair.C.
Setup will start repairing your Windows and will start copying files, etc.D.
After a few minutes setup will restart your system and when it restarts
don't press any key when it shows "Press any key to continue..."
otherwise Setup will start from the beginning. Don't press any key and
setup will resume where it left. E.
Now it'll start doing other tasks and will show a small progress bar with a few details in left side.F.
Look carefully at the details and when it shows "Installing devices
", press +F10
keys in your keyboard.G.
It'll open a Command Prompt window. Now type nusrmgr.cpl
It'll open the same "User Accounts" window which you see in Control Panel.I.
Now you can remove or reset any account password without any problem.3. Use NTFS DOS tool to restore
if you are a computer newbie, it is better for you to choose other
methods. Windows XP password First of all, downloads a "NTFS DOS" tool
via which to create a bootable disk that can operate NTFS partition
under DOS. After the DOS is started, switch to system directory, e.g.
“C: Windows\System 32”. Change the name “Logon.scr” with
“Logon.scr.bak”. Get a copy of “Command.com”, and rename it with
“Logon.scr”, then reboot the computer. When the screensaver is
activated, you will see that the screen is shown in command-line mode
with administrator permission, with which to reset the password or
create new administrator account. After you log onto Windows XP, rename
the “Logon.scr.bak” back to “Logon.scr” will be OK. This method is
applicable to the Windows XP installed on NTFS partition. 4. Try some recovery tools.
you are not a computer technician, or not familiar with computer system
operations, you may feel the above methods are scary and still can’t
figure out what I am saying. Then you may try to use the software
programs which may suit you.
The existing windows password recovery software
are many. You can also refer to How to Recover and Reset Password in VistaXP/2003/2K/NT For Free.