How to Deal With a Lost Windows Password

Recovering a lost or forgotten Windows password will depend on the type of operating system you’re using. Here are some tips.

Find the Version

First, you need to determine your operating system since there are several editions that exist. See if what you have is either Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional Edition.

If you have not figured out what edition you have, follow these steps to determine it:

  1. You have to look for the Start Menu.
  2. Open the “Start” menu by clicking it with the left mouse button. Another sub-menu will appear.
  3. Then right-click the “My Computer icon”.
  4. Click on “Properties”. You will see the version of your system listed in the System Area.

Windows XP Home Edition

If you have set a password for the Admin user, the computer will request for it before it allows entry into the computer. To reset the Admin Password for this version, just follow the process discussed in this section:

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. When it shows the black background screen, press F8 repeatedly. Wait until the Boot Mode menu appears.
  3. Select “Safe Mode” to begin Windows XP Home in the troubleshooting mode.
  4. The Windows Log on screen will appear, and a new user account appears at the top. It will read “Administrator”. Log on with that account (which seldom needs a password).
  5. Once you enter, go to the Control Panel and reset your Admin password.

Windows XP Professional Edition

Another method is required for this version. Follow this process if you lost your Admin password:

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Wait for the Windows XP Log on screen to appear. Then press CTRL+ALT+DELETE simultaneously, do it twice and very quickly.
  3. Type inside the box “Administrator”, and leave the password box blank and usually, you are already allowed to enter.

If these methods do not work, run your XP installer CD again. You can follow through the steps your CD will give. However, be very careful when you see the Installing Device progress bar. Be sure to press F10 quickly when you do so. When it gives a prompt, type NUSRMGR.CPL and press “Enter”. Now, you can pick the account you need to change or remove.

If you want to log on without having to enter your new password anymore, you can type “control userpasswords2”. Then, close Windows and exit to the command box. You will be allowed to access your computer this time.