CHANGE/RESET PASSWORD FOR ANY USERNAME in Windows XP

CHANGE/RESET PASSWORD FOR ANY USERNAME

  1. Reboot the computer
  2. Right after the bios is finished, hit F8 (or F2,10,12)
  3. Select ‘Safe mode’ or ‘Safe mode with networking support’
  4. Windows will boot up to the logon screen. Click administrator, 9/10 there is no password.
  5. Do, Start->Run->type ‘command’
  6. At the prompt, type ‘net user’ which will display a list of usernames. Find the one you are looking for, try ‘net user username’ for them all. Type ‘net user /HELP’ for more info.
  7. To reset the password type ‘net user username *’ where username is the username you want to reset.
  8. For no password, leave blank.
  9. Now, reboot and you can login as that user.

SECURING YOURSELF FROM THIS METHOD

  1. Log into your account (must have admin rights)
  2. Get to a command prompt and type ‘net user username *’ where username is Administrator, or the renamed administrator account.
  3. Give administrator a STRONG password.

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One Response to “CHANGE/RESET PASSWORD FOR ANY USERNAME in Windows XP”

  1. I believe you can just reboot hit F8 to bring up the options menu and then go straight to “Safe mode with command prompt.” That way you do not have to login as an administrator. This would also void the “securing yourself from this method.” I haven’t used windows in about six months so I’m not 100% sure on this anymore but it’s worth a shot.

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