[Tip]Reset Your Xp Password

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    Goober THQ's Jester Moderator

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    I was going through my emails today and in one of the Microsoft emails a method to reset your user account password.

    Here is the link MS gave me
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321305
    And this is the link I followed it to(I figure more people around here would be using home computers)
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305478/

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    [B]How to create and use a password reset disk for a computer that is not a domain member in Windows XP[/B]
    
    [URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305478/#appliesto"]View products that this article applies to.[/URL]
    Article ID:305478Last Review:May 24, 2004Revision:1.0
    This article was previously published under Q305478
    [B]On This Page[/B]
    
    [URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305478/#"]SUMMARY[/URL]
    [URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305478/#"]INTRODUCTION[/URL][URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305478/#"] How to create a password reset disk[/URL][URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305478/#"] Requirements[/URL]
    [URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305478/#"]Use a computer administrator account[/URL]
    [URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305478/#"]Use a limited account[/URL]
    
    
    [URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305478/#"]How to log on to the computer by using a password reset disk[/URL]
    [URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305478/#"]Troubleshooting[/URL]
    
    
    [I]This article describes how to create and use a password reset disk for a computer that is not a member of a domain in Microsoft Windows XP. If you experience problems, troubleshooting steps are provided at the end of this article.[/I]
    [URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305478/#top"]Back to the top[/URL]
    
    [B]INTRODUCTION[/B]
    
    This article describes how to create and use a password reset disk for a computer that is part of a workgroup, or that is not connected to a network. You can use a password reset disk to gain access to your Windows XP-based computer if you forget your password.
    
    For additional information about how to create a password reset disk for a computer that is a member of a domain, click the following article number to view the article in he Microsoft Knowledge Base: [URL="http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306214/"]306214[/URL]([URL]http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306214/[/URL]) How to create and use a password reset disk for a computer in a domain in Windows XP  
    
    [B]How to create a password reset disk[/B]
    
    To create a password reset disk for your local user account, use           one of the following methods.
    
    [B]Requirements[/B]
    
    The following methods require one blank, formatted floppy disk.
    
    [B]Use a computer administrator account[/B]
    
    If you logged on to the computer by using an administrator account, follow these steps to create a password reset disk for a user account:               
    
    1.Click [B]Start[/B], and then click [B]Control Panel[/B].
    2.In Control Panel, click [B]User Accounts[/B].
    3.In the [B]User Accounts[/B] pane, click the account that you want to work with.
    4.Under [B]Related Tasks[/B], click [B]Prevent a forgotten password[/B] to start the Forgotten Password Wizard, and then click [B]Next[/B].5.Insert a blank, formatted disk into drive A, and then click [B]Next[/B].
    6.In the [B]Current user account password[/B] box, type the password for the user account that you chose in step 3, and then click [B]Next[/B].
    
    [B]Note[/B] If the user account does not have a password, do not type a password in the [B]Current user account password[/B] box.
    
    The Forgotten Password Wizard creates the disk.
    
    7.When the [B]Progress[/B] bar reaches [B]100% complete[/B], click [B]Next[/B], and then click [B]Finish[/B].
    
    8.Remove and then label the password reset disk. Store the disk in a safe place.[B]
    
    Use a limited account[/B]
    
    If you logged on to the computer by using a limited account, follow these steps to create a password reset disk for your user account:            1.Click [B]Start[/B], and then click [B]Control Panel[/B].
    2.Under [B]Pick a category[/B], click [B]User Accounts[/B].
    3.Under [B]Related Tasks[/B], click [B]Prevent a forgotten password[/B] to start the Forgotten Password Wizard.
    4.Click [B]Next[/B].
    5.Insert a blank, formatted disk into drive A, and then click [B]Next[/B].
    6.In the [B]Current user account password[/B] box, type your password, and then click [B]Next[/B].
    
    [B]Note[/B] If your user account does not have a password, do not type a password in the [B]Current user account password[/B] box.
    
    The Forgotten Password Wizard creates the disk.
    
    7.When the [B]Progress[/B] bar reaches [B]100% complete[/B], click [B]Next[/B], and then click [B]Finish[/B].
    
    8.Remove and then label the password reset disk. Store the                 disk in a safe place.
    
    [B]How to log on to the computer by using a password reset disk[/B]
    
    If you forget your password, you can log on to the computer by using a new password that you create by using the Password Reset Wizard and your password reset disk. To do this, follow these steps:
    
    1.On the Windows XP logon screen, click the user name that you want to use. The [B]Type your password[/B] box appears. Press ENTER or click the right-arrow button. You receive the following error message: Did you forget your password?
     You can click the "?" button to see your password hint.
     Or you can use your password reset disk.
    
     Please type your password again.
     Be sure to use the correct uppercase and lowercase letters. 
    
    2.Click [B]use your password reset disk[/B]. The Password Reset Wizard starts. The Password Reset Wizard permits you to create a new password for your user account.
    
    3.Click [B]Next[/B].
    
    4.Insert the password reset disk into drive A, and then click [B]Next[/B].
    
    5.Type a new password in the [B]Type a new password[/B] box.
    
    6.Type the same password in the [B]Type the password again to confirm[/B] box.
    
    7.In the [B]Type a new password hint[/B] box, type a hint to remind you of your password if you forget the new password.
    
    [B]Note[/B] This hint is visible to anyone who tries to log on to the computer by using your user account.
    
    8.Click [B]Next[/B], and then click [B]Finish[/B]. The Password Reset Wizard quits, and you return to the Windows XP logon screen.
    
    [B]Note[/B] The password reset disk is automatically updated with the new password information. You do not have to create a new password reset disk.9.Type your new password in the [B]Type your password[/B] box, and then click the right-arrow button to log on to the computer.
    
    [B]Troubleshooting[/B]
    
    •The password reset disk cannot be used to reset the password on another computer.
    
    The password reset disk that you create can only be used with the computer it was created on. For example, if you have two Windows XP-based computers that have the same user names and passwords, a password reset disk that you create on the first computer cannot be used to reset the password on the second computer.
    
    •The password reset disk contains sensitive information.
    
    Other users may be able to use the password reset disk to gain access to your computer. For this reason, store this disk in a safe and secure location.
    
    
    [B]APPLIES TO[/B]
    
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    
    [B]Keywords: [/B]
    
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    Last edited: Dec 27, 2006
    Goober, Dec 27, 2006
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    This is what I use:
    http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
    You just boot that bad boy, and even on computer joined to the domain you can change the local admin password/re-enable local administrator account.
     
    Fenis-Wolf, Dec 28, 2006
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