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XP Pro password, how to get it back when lost?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26783points) February 17th, 2011

If for security reason you change your logon password at times but then the password you put in don’t seem to take or you forgot or miss typed part of it and can’t get into your account on XP is there a hack or backdoor down at the DOS level you can use to reset that?

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XOIIO's avatar

Download Hirens Boot CD and use the offline NT\XP password utility or whatever it is called. Then (carefully) read through and find the option to remove your password by choosing the right partition and account, then remove the password.Works great every time.

limeaide's avatar

2 options:

1. Download Ophcrack Live CD, burn to CD then boot PC to CD wait for password to be decrypted: http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/download.php?type=livecd

2. Download ntpassword follow directions to reset the password to anything you’d like: http://www.pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

But where can you download a copy that actually works? Those sites seem to misdirect you to other programs or they won’t open or download.

limeaide's avatar

huh? For Ophcrack you click on the green arrow next to the version you need it takes you to a direct download from sourceforge that works.

For ntpassword if you read the page it tells where to get it, but here is the direct link for a bootable CD image http://www.pogostick.net/%7Epnh/ntpasswd/cd100627.zip

XOIIO's avatar

You can get hirens boot CD12 here 13 isn’t as good in my opinion. Hirens boot CD has all the tools you need already on it.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@XOIIO That one as well as the one @limeaide suggested is a .rar file that Win can’t open. One of the others ended up just being a Roxio thing. But one that opens up and just work with out me having to already know the Admin password I have ot come across.

XOIIO's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central Just download winrar and extract the iso, then burn it onto a CD with imgburn. All of it is free.

You don’t need to know the password, the windows nt/xp/7 password remover i think that’s what it’s called completely removes the password.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@XOIIO Thanks (and all the rest of you as well) for that but I got tired of dickering around and found one on sale for abound $17 bucks. It took a bit of work installing it (it didn’t like my computer) but with help of my fiancee laptop I was able to make a bootable disc, wipe out the old password and redo it, so all is well in the land of Nod.

XOIIO's avatar

Well that’s a waste of money. Whatever works though.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@XOIIO It was money I could afford, and it worked, saved me time, so it was well spent to me. :-)

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