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How to recover XP password

By tom42ca ·
I am looking for a way to recover or reset the password for Windows XP without buying a program.
My nephew has forgot his password and is driving me nuts with his phone call to find out how to recover his password.

Please help

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call a repair shop

by w2ktechman In reply to How to recover XP passwor ...

or logon as an administrator and reset the PW for an account.
another idea create a new user profile.
and yet again, back up the data and clean install

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A different approach

by statykserver In reply to How to recover XP passwor ...

Using a linux bootable cd to change the password is probably what you are looking for.

check out this article
http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm

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by Ukitin In reply to A different approach

If you have access to a user with Administrator's account you can try typing these in cmd.exe (btw this changes your password)

net user username desiredpassword

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Kaiser, your answer was fine, in my opinion

by seanferd In reply to ...

As was w2ktechman's. We just don't want "cracking" answers or links to sites with recovery tips for those who weren't able to find them in the first place, as we have no way to know if the person asking the question or looking through the forums is the legitimate owner of the computer in question.

Heck, they can find articles about it on TR, we just don't want to take the chance on educating possible criminals in the forums.

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We don't assist with password recovery on TR

by seanferd In reply to A different approach

I see this a rather old post that has been resurrected, but the rule remains the same, for future reference.

Anything beyond what is available via the host OS normally is not acceptable in TR forums.

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