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XP forgotten Administrator password

Discussion in 'Computers, Home Theater & Technology' started by BuckeyeFlorida, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. BuckeyeFlorida

    BuckeyeFlorida Resident Science Dork

    Help! Someone on my team set the admin password on an old XP machine and now can't remember the login password. I don't have an XP installation disk and need to get this machine back on line ASAP. Can anyone help?
  2. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Press f8 at startup to enter safe mode, command prompt only. At the prompt type:

    net user Administrator the_new_password

    Then reboot.
    Thump likes this.
  3. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Format C:
  4. CentralMOBuck

    CentralMOBuck Senior

    Google knows where you got this.
  5. Magua

    Magua Buckeye

    You can also download and use I believe its called Hirens Ultimate Boot Disk. There is a utility on there that allows you to reset local user passwords and unlock them via accessing the registry hive in a command prompt app.
  6. BuckeyeFlorida

    BuckeyeFlorida Resident Science Dork

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