In Windows XP there are two kinds of accounts: normal users and administrators. The password for administrator account (there can be multiple administrators on an XP system) allows a user to perform any system function, while normal users are not allowed to access sensitive system functions.
This account usually doesn't show up on the logon screen and most people don't know it exists. Usually that's okay because you won't need to use your computer under this account very often. There are a few times that we need to use the admin password just when you are accessing Windows XP Recovery Console or you are going to boot into Windows XP Safe Mode.
Follow the steps below to quickly find the Windows XP Administrator password on your computer:
1. Try leaving the password blank. Just press Enter without typing anything when asked for it.
2. Enter the password to your account. Often times, depending on how Windows XP was setup on your computer and what part of XP is asking for an admin password, the primary user account will also be configured with administrator access.
3. Try to remember your administrator password. If you installed Windows XP on your computer yourself, you probably set the administrator password during the Windows XP installation process.
4. Have another user enter his or her password. If there are other users that have accounts on your Windows XP computer, one of them may be setup with administrator access.
5. Reset Windows administrator password using a Windows password recovery tool. These tools are software programs designed to discover or reset/delete Windows passwords.
6. Reinstall your Windows XP OS. This is a last resort option. This type of installation will completely remove Windows XP from your PC and install it again from scratch.