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XP Password Recovery Disk

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized
 
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It could happen–you could forget your password and not be able to log in. What would you do? Try the name of every pet you ever owned? your favorite sports team? Still no luck? If you had created a Password Recovery Disk you wouldn’t be in this jam.

You’ll need a floppy drive for this one. “But dude, I got a Dell and it ain’t got no floppy!” That’s the tough part—many new computers only have CD burners. If that’s you, then skip ahead to the Digital Camera tip or Amanda’s Cool Site. Now, for the rest of you…

For an Administrator Account go to Start/Control Panel then click “User Accounts”.

In the “User Accounts” window select the account that you want to work with.

Under “Related Tasks” click “Prevent a forgotten password”. This will start the Forgotten Password Wizard—click “Next”.

Insert your blank, formatted disk into floppy drive then click “Next”.

In the “Current user account password” box, type the password for the user account then click “Next”. (If the user account doesn’t have a password, don’t type one in the box).

The Forgotten Password Wizard will do its thing. When the Progress bar reaches 100% click “Next” then “Finish”.

For a Limited User account go to Start/Control Panel then under “Pick a category” select “User Accounts”.

Under “Related Tasks” choose “Prevent a forgotten password” to start the Forgotten Password Wizard. Click “Next”.
Put in a blank, formatted disk into your floppy drive then click “Next”.

In the “Current user account password” box type your password then click “Next”. (If your user account doesn’t have a password, don’t type anything).

The Forgotten Password Wizard will do its thing. When the Progress bar reaches 100% click “Next” then “Finish”.

Be sure to label your disk and put it in a safe place. Anyone can use this disk to access your account so don’t leave it laying around.

So, now that we have the disk, how do you use it?

At the XP logon screen, click the user name that you want to use and the “Type your password box” will appear. Press Enter or click the right-arrow button. You’ll get an error message:

Did you forget your password?
You can click the “?” button to see your password hint.
Or you can use your password reset disk.
Please type your password again.

Be sure to use the correct uppercase and lowercase letters.

Click “use your password reset disk” to start the Password Reset Wizard. This will let you create a new password for your user account. Click “Next”.

Put your password reset disk into the floppy drive then click “Next”. Put a new password in the “Type a new password” box. Type it again in the “Type the password again to confirm” box.

In the “Type a new password hint box”, put a hint to remind you of your password if you forget the new password. (This hint is visible to anyone who tries to log on to the computer by using your user account.) Click “Next” then “Finish”. The Password Reset Wizard quits, and you return to the Windows XP logon screen.

A cool thing is that the password reset disk is automatically updated with the new password information. You don’t need to create a new password reset disk.

You should be able to log in with your new password.

~ David

David Samuel Thomas

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