How To Log On to Windows XP if You Forget Your Password

I am growing old. I can no longer run up and down the basketball court. I cannot last all night drinking. My priorities have changed and I no longer enjoy the same things I used to enjoy. But, I guess the biggest change I see is that I tend to forget a lot of things now that I am raking up the years.

One of the things I always forget is my password on my computer. My computer runs on a Windows XP operating system. This operating system might be one of the best operating systems that Microsoft has developed. If you ask any PC geek, he will say that the XP is better than even Microsoft's new operating system, the Windows Vista.

As great as it is, it still had some bugs when it came out. There is one particular bug that you can use to your advantage.  You can get into your Windows XP account even if your user account is password protected. It is through the default administrator account created upon the installation of the computer. We will give you a step-by-step guide to getting into the password protected user account through Windows XP.

  1. Reboot. Reboot your machine to get to the black screen at the beginning. At this environment, the Windows operating system has not yet kicked in. This means all the features are not yet complete at this point.
  2. Press F8. Before the Windows screen appears, press F8. You can do it over and over again if you feel that the menu has not been activated. A menu option will appear giving you options on how you would like to boot. Choose the Safe Mode option and proceed to the next step.
  3. Get to the welcome screen. As you get to the safe mode there will be screens that will pop out. It will explain that you are running under the safe mode. Just click OK. There is no other option anyway. You will also be prompted about the limitation of running Safe Mode on your computer. One such limitation is the resolution of the screen to the 256 color, 640x480 resolutions. The reason for this is that the primary graphics adapters will be turned off. It is going to look weird, but it is okay because it is currently in safe mode.
  4. Choose the Administrator icon.  When you boot your computer, it will show several icons. Choose the one that says Administrator. If your computer is running with the default settings, then there are no passwords for this account. Log in as the Administrator. It will then ask you if you would like to continue working under the safe mode. Choose yes and proceed to the next step.
  5. User settings. Now that you are in the desktop while in safe mode, you will have to click on start and then control panel. The control panel should be at the right side of the Start menu. After clicking on the control panel, a new window will open. Choose users in the control panel. Make sure that you are in the classic view. I prefer it more than new view of the Windows XP operating system, but it depends on your preference.
  6. Change the passwords. As an Administrator, you have the rights to change any password. Choose and click on the user you want to change the password in. After changing the password, reboot your computer. This time don’t press F8. Let it go all the way to the Windows screen.

It is as easy as that to change your password. There must be some smart people that developed Windows XP.  They understand that people grow old and they left a loophole for old people like us to take advantage of. Thank you, people from Microsoft. We old folks appreciate it a lot.


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