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I forgot my logon paassword for windows xp and it is also the password for the safe mode. How can I get into the system without wiping it out.

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Unfortunately, on XP you have to know the password and the only way to get in is, yes, with a password and username.

Have you thought of upgrading to a new operating system like Windows 7? This might be the right time to do it, if you want a more advanced and error free operating system.

I understand that many Windows XP machines can be upgraded to Windows 7 without any or much hardware upgrade modification, as Windows 7 uses a smaller code than Vista did when it was in production.

Otherwise, if you like Windows XP, you can reinstall, but this will wipe everything out.

Sorry about that.

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