As a piece of news said that there are still almost 40% of users who take in use of Windows XP as their Windows OS. Thus, we must pay much attention on the issues surrounding with Windows XP. Today, we will focus on how to reset Windows XP password if someday we forgot it and can not log on the laptop.
Windows XP allows administrators to create a password for logging into Windows. It is a great way to block other people from logging on to your computer, as well as to protect your data and personal information from hackers. However, a password can backfire on you if you forget it or someone hacks into your computer and changes it. When this happens, one way you can reset Windows password on XP is by booting your computer from the Windows XP installation CD and performing a clean installation of Windows.
How to reset Windows XP password with the Installation CD?
Step 1: Insert your Windows XP disc into your computer. Power down your computer, then turn it back on. When you see the message "Press any key to boot from CD," press any key on your keyboard.
Step 2: Press "Enter" when the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears.
Step 3: Read over the "Microsoft Software License Terms," then press "F8" if you agree to continue.
Step 4: Follow the on-screen steps to select a partition to format and install Windows XP on. Your computer notifies you that there is an existing version of Windows XP installed. Select the option to install a new version over the existing one.
Step 5: Continue following the on-screen instructions to finish the Windows XP installation. When the installation is complete, Windows will give you the option to create a new administrator password.
Note: This will erase the information from your hard drive, including any passwords. Once the installation is complete, you can log in to Windows without a password and create a new one.
Besides, you can also reset your forgotten Windows XP password with a bootable CD/DVD/USB which is burned with a Windows password recovery tool. Now, I would like to recommend to Windows Password Unlocker to you that allows to reset the password on Windows XP/7/Vista/2003 and Windows Server 2003/2008 without any data of files loss.