Resetting a Windows XP password
You’ll need to insert your Windows XP installation CD into your computer’s CD drive prior to continuing. Ensure your computer’s first boot device is set as the CD drive as well, if it isn’t already. (Your computers owner’s manual will explain how to change the boot device order.)
1.Restart your computer after inserting your Windows XP installation CD.
2.Your computer will prompt you to press any key to boot from disk when it restarts; do so by pressing a key on the keyboard
3.The first setup screen that loads after booting from your Windows XP installation DVD will ask you to select your language; select yours and click on the Repair your computer link in the lower left side.
4.Next, select the drive where your operating system is located on the following screen (typically C:) and click the Next button to continue.
5.Click the Command Prompt option on the next screen.
6.Type the following command into the command prompt. (replace C:\ in these prompts if that is not the drive where Windows is installed):
7.Windows XP command prompt
copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\
8.Press the [Enter] key to execute the command.
9.Enter this command next:
10.Windows XP command line
copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
11.Execute the command by pressing the [Enter]
12.Restart your computer by pressing the power button to turn it off and then again to turn it on. Be sure to disconnect your Windows XP installation media so your computer doesn’t again try to boot from it.
13.When the Windows login screen appears, quickly press the [Shift] key five times. This would ordinarily have activated the “Sticky Keys” functionality in Windows but the above set of commands we entered instead bound it instead to launching a command prompt.
14.Enter the following commands:
15.Windows XP password change command
net user accountname newpassword
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16.Replace account name and new password with your username and desired password, respectively. You have finished resetting your user account password.
17.You’ll want to re-enable Sticky Keys functionality so prevent someone else from resetting the password using the same method. Follow the steps previously illustrated in this section of the guide until you get to the point where you launch the Command Prompt after clicking Repair your computer…
18.Enter the following command in the Command Prompt:
19.Windows XP user account password change command
copy /y c:\sethc.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
20.Press the [Enter] key to execute the command. Restart your computer.
Your Windows XP password reset is complete.