How To Log On To Windows If You Forget Your Password

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 3:38 pm

It is not something that happens very often but it might happen to you at some point. if you forget your Windows XP password or your password expires and you cannot create a new one there are several ways you can regain access to your computer, from using password reset disc, thru changing passwords via a different account to password recovery and password cracking tools.

Method 1 – use password reset disk.
If you created a password reset disk for Windows XP, reset your password by using the password reset disk. Here is how to create and use a password reset disk

Method 2 - Log on as an administrator to reset the password
If you cannot log on to Windows XP by using a particular user account, but you can log on to another account that has administrative credentials, follow these steps:
1. Log on to Windows by using the administrator account that has a password that you remember.
2. Click Start, and then click Run.
3. In the Open box, type the following command, and then click OK: control userpasswords2
4. Click the user account that you forgot the password for, and then click Reset Password.
5. Type a new password in both the New password and the Confirm new password boxes, and then click OK.

Method 3 - Use password cracking and recovery tools
Password-cracking tools are usually disks containing Linux operating system that have NTFS access and special application that can read the registry and rewrite passwords.

There are several free tools for Windows

  • Offline NT Password & Registry Editor - This is a utility to (re)set the password of any user that has a valid (local) account on your NT system.
  • John the Ripper password cracker - John the Ripper is a fast password cracker, currently available for many flavors of Unix
  • Windows Password Recovery - Login Recovery is a service provided for the legitimate retreival and recovery of windows passwords. Passwords to be decrypted are added to a queue, however due to the number of requests received, it can sometimes take up to 48 hours for a password to be decrypted. This service is provided free of charge, on the basis that you accept there may be a delay of up to two days.
  • EBCD – Emergency Boot CD - EBCD is a bootable CD, intended for system recovery in the case of software or hardware faults. It is able to create backup copies of normally working system and restore system to saved state. It contains the best system software ever created, properly compiled and configured for the maximum efficient use. It can change password of any user, including administator of Windows NT/2000/XP OS. You do not need to know the old password.
  • Proactive System Password Recovery - Proactive System Password Recovery (PSPR; former Advanced Windows Password Recovery) is a program to recover most types of Windows passwords.

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21 Responses to “How To Log On To Windows If You Forget Your Password”

  1. junk92 Says:

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  2. YOUR MOM Says:


  3. Adam310 Says:

    My mom had forgotten her password, so I used a program called Cain to crack it.. I was surprised it actually worked

  4. Anonymous Says:

    now we can all hack into each others accounts

    oh so fun

  5. Dalton Says:

    Actually, there is another way. If you boot your computer in Safe Mode, then Go to Start>Control Panel>User Accounts and reset the password, your safe. This is great if you don’t have the admin user name password, can’t download and install software, and if you don;t have a reset disk. Try to add that if you can.

  6. Jeff Says:

    the safe mode trick is crap. If the owner of the pc knows anything about security than they will have created a admin password during installation/setup. In that case safe requires a password.

  7. tarqua Says:

    yes safe mode is very useful.. something good to check is the afe mode administrator desktop, in most computers ordered from main-stream dealers.. it isnt password protected (can be fixed).
    if you dont normally have acess to make it boot in safe mode, you can try interupting the power (ex: pulling a laptop bat.) while windows is loading.. when you reboot it it will usually give you a choice between starting windows normally and starting in safe mode

  8. bitch Says:

    *** deleted ***

  9. Matt Says:

    If you are using f* words and stuff just keep it to yourself! Not everyone is skilled with computer and thats why ubergeeks are around to help out some nooblets like you man… so instead of just taking stupid stuff try to build some more inteligent coments man! And speaking of the safe-mode trick you still need a password to do that! The method I usually use is the Windows Key floppy from Passware (http://www.lostpassword.com/). Works fine for me! And speaking of “hacking” each other… What’s the fun of “hacking” somebody if you need the physical access to his box to pull out any of these methods above! Greetz my h4×0r2!

  10. scramble Says:

    Free: chntpw comes on many Linux boot cd’s. It isn’t point and click easy, doesn’t hold your hand, command line tool.

    Commercial: ERD Commander. I use it very often. Has many tools to fix Windows. Incredibly easy to use. EXPENSIVE

  11. gaurang naware Says:

    actually u can crackthe password by removing the cell from the
    CPU and then placing it as earlier.
    I found the trick while my password was lost.

  12. Elmore Says:


    Active@ Password Changer can also help if the login pass is lost or forgotten. The tool can easily and quickly reset password. IT worked for me before, so I suppose you will also find it really useful.


  13. Sabrina Says:

    I’ve forgotten the password for the computer in my room and i can seem to enter my pc, just before you enter you press del and it brings you to a brue screen with a red square saying enter password how do i remove it ?

  14. Aviran Mordo Says:

    You need To Bypass the BIOS Password. Here is how

  15. JawjaPeachez Says:

    The safe mode trick saved me!!! Thanksssss!!!

  16. shanda Says:

    how do i reset my password? reset

  17. davi Says:

    try blank.
    here is the methods I know.

    The first thing which you check if you forget login password. When we install Windows, it automatically creates an account “Administrator” and sets its password to blank. So if you have forget Your user account password then try this:
    Start system and when you See Windows Welcome screen / Login screen, press ctrl+alt+del keys Twice and it’ll show Classic Login box. Now type “Administrator” (without quotes) in Username and leave Password field blank. Now press Enter and you should be able to log in Windows.
    Now you can reset your account password from “Control Panel -> User Accounts”.
    Same thing can be done using Safe Mode. In Safe Mode Windows will show this in-built Administrator account in Login screen.

    Windows XP and further versions also provide another method to recover forgotten Password by using “Reset Disk”. If you created a Password Reset Disk in Past, you can use that disk to reset the password.
    just learn from others how to reset windows password with Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0.

  18. Zach Says:

    I think the best method to recover windows password is using windows password recovery software. Burn the .iso file to a blank CD or a USB flash drive or a floppy disk, insert the CD(USB/floppy disk) into the problem computer and your password will be reset to “Blank” without losing any data and you needn’t reinstall windows OS.

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  21. Mark Says:

    The experience that I fogot windows password happened to me a few weeks ago.
    My classmate recommend me to take use of the PCUnlocker program,
    which is very smart and just take me a short time to reset a newly password.
    it’s great!

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