Find Administrator Password, Recover Lost Forgotten Windows XP Administrator Password

How Do I Find Administrator Password, This Tutorial Teachs You How To Recover Lost Forgotten Windows XP Administrator Password. It common for most windows users to forget their Administrator Password since during the install process only once the user is asked to give a password and a different user account is created. After a period of time the user might want to login as a administrator to troubleshoot windows and since he/she has not used the administrator account for a long time its easy to forget the password especially if the password was something complicated and difficult to remember. Below I have outlined a few methods that I found helpful in recovering lost passwords for the administrative accounts.

The First method makes use of DreampackPL

DreamPackPL give access to system without reset/overwrite old passwords, therefore EFS encrypted file(s) will be still readable. It can help if You forgot the password or user name.
With this tool You can do:
- execute any program at the logon desktop with system privileges,
- load Explorer shell into new desktop and work as impersonate user with system privelges,
- display local accounts list (user names) in logon desktop,
- turn off/on logon password check (full access to every local account).

All You must do is: boot from CD, copy one file into system32 directory (in Recovery Console) and restart computer. Boot CD You can simply create in other 2000/XP system. You put Windows installation CD (2000 or XP) into CD-ROM drive and DreamPack will create ISO CD image, that You can then burn with any program.

The next technique makes use of a loophole in the Windows XP repair process you’ll need a bootable XP CD

  1. Place your Windows XP CD in your CD-ROM and start your computer (You need your XP CD is bootable as it should be – and that you have your bios set to boot from CD)
  2. Keep your eye on the screen messages for booting to your cd Typically, it will be Press any key to boot from cd
  3. Once you get in, the first screen will indicate that Setup is inspecting your system and loading files.
  4. When you get to the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to Setup Windows now
  5. The Licensing Agreement comes next – Press F8 to accept it.
  6. The next screen is the Setup screen which gives you the option to do a Repair.
  7. It should read something like If one of the following Windows XP installations is damaged, Setup can try to repair it
    Use the up and down arrow keys to select your XP installation (if you only have one, it should already be selected) and press R to begin the Repair process.
  8. Let the Repair run. Setup will now check your disks and then start copying files which can take several minutes.
  9. Shortly after the Copying Files stage, you will be required to reboot. (this will happen automatically you will see a progress bar stating Your computer will reboot in 15 seconds
  10. During the reboot, do not make the mistake of pressing any key to boot from the CD again! Setup will resume automatically with the standard billboard screens and you will notice Installing Windows is highlighted.
  11. Keep your eye on the lower left hand side of the screen and when you see the Installing Devices progress bar, press SHIFT + F10. This is the security hole! A command console will now open up giving you the potential for wide access to your system.
  12. At the prompt, type NUSRMGR.CPL and press Enter. Voila! You have just gained graphical access to your User Accounts in the Control Panel.
  13. Now simply pick the account you need to change and remove or change your password as you prefer. If you want to log on without having to enter your new password, you can type control userpasswords2 at the prompt and choose to log on without being asked for password. After you ve made your changes close the windows, exit the command box and continue on with the Repair (have your Product key handy).
  14. Once the Repair is done, you will be able to log on with your new password (or without a password if you chose not to use one or if you chose not to be asked for a password). Your programs and personalized settings should remain intact.
  15. I tested the above on Windows XP Pro with and without SP1 and also used this method in a real situation where someone could not remember their password and it worked like a charm to fix the problem.
  16. And in case you are wondering, NO, you cannot cancel install after making the changes and expect to logon with your new password. Cancelling will just result in Setup resuming at bootup and your changes will be lost.
28 Responses

Thanks a lot.

Hold freaking amazing. The shift F10 deal worked great.

hmm….well, this must be an age old posting. but i had the problem now, and i am so happy you saved my night sleep!! i owe you one. any time..heres my email id: (i am a gis developer…so any help needed…u can ask me…err…ESRI products…)

Dude you are a livesaver…the only problem is that I had to reactivate XP.

if you send me a messange of hacking tips then it’s good for me


Thanks for this valuable Tricks…..

It is new experience for me.. I had tried Lot of Password Recovery Tools before.. but.. it was an Official Tool..

Thanks Again…

Babai Dutta

forget Administrator Password? Windows Password key 8.0 can reset it easily. Just an easy to use bootable CD/DVD . It can also be used on a USB Flash Drive.

what if I can’t access cd rom? I need passwrd to change bios settings. What can i do?

Great. It worked. You’re a genius.

hi frnds.. i need little help.
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I think the best method to recover windows xp password is using windows password recovery software.

Usually, we can recover Windows admin password in two traditional ways. The first is to change Windows password with another admin account; the second is to recover the previous password with the windows password reset disk that had been created before you forgot the password. Take Windows XP for example,

1 At the Windows XP login prompt when the password is entered incorrectly click the reset button in the login failed window.

2 Insert the password reset diskette into the computer and click Next.

3 If the correct diskette Windows XP will open a window prompting for the new password you wish to use.

However, we offen ignore the important of security until we have been locked out of computer. Fortunately, there is still the last way that can unlock your computer without reinstalling – erase Windows password with Windows password reset CD, which can recover admin password for Windows 7/XP/Vista/NT/2000/2003…. Take Windows Password unlocker for example, followings are the steps to create the reset CD

1.Download Windows Password Unlocker from Password Unlocker Official site

2.Decompress the Windows password unlocker and note that there is an .ISO image file. Burn the image file onto an blank CD with the burner freely supported by Password Unlocker.

3.Insert the newly created CD into the locked computer and re-boot it from the CD drive.

4.After launched the CD, a window pop up with all your account names(if you have several accounts) select one of the accounts that you have forgotten its password to reset it. Just one press, this software can remove screen password instantly.

Need some advice, friend gave me an older Gateway Solo1400, that has forgotten the Administrator PW. Can’t get it to boot from the XP PRO cd, won’t read the drive. My guess is the BIOS is not set to read the dr. HAve tried F@ to get into the BIOS, comes up briefly then back to PW window. How can I get past the PW when it won’t read the cd? It also has a 3.5 dr, will a XP Home Boot dsk work?

i want to hack a system

Great information! At one time I forgot my windows xp password. I recover windows xp administrator password by a password reset disk.

Windows Key Finder allows you to reset windows XP password with with CD or DVD now!!

I would like to introduce Windows Password Key 8.0 . it not only supports XP, 2000, and NT, I have personally tested it with Vista Home Premium and Ultimate. It creates a password recovery CD/DVD,USB Flash Drive for home, business and enterprise.

amazing info.. thanx a lot… But,could u tell me how to recover my lost admin password in windows SEVEN…PLs?

As far as i know,You can reset windows user account password in safe mode(F8 when booting up). But if you forgot administrator password, you must reinstall windows OS or use windows password recovery disk.

I have downloaded the Windows Password Reset Kit 1.5. It is a very quick and useful utility for resetting passwords. It not only supports XP, 2000, and NT, I have personally tested it with Vista Home Premium and Ultimate. It works perfectly to reset any local user account to a blank password. Just an easy to use bootable CD/DVD.

I am stuck. I used the loophole in XP technique mentioned above but the repair process hangs at the final step after reboot saying “please wait…” this is a known issue with repairing XP.

Please suggest a way out.

Thanks a lot.

Windows Password Buster Professional is the best Windows Password Recovery Tool. It is used to recover lost user and administrator passwords used to log on to Windows operating systems. It’s a fast, easy and efficient solution to recover your forgotten or lost Windows password. It can backup the Password Storage File before clearing the password. The backup allows you to restore your computer to the state before removal.

My laptop with XP sp3 has Truecrypt whole disk encryption. I can remember the TC pwd, but not the Windows ones. It’s obviously no good booting from CD before entering the TC pwd as the whole OS is encrypted, and I can’t get it to boot after entering that pw. Any suggestions? Thanks.

This bootable process will work on windoews xp/service pack 2.if it will work on the settings on the computer & our documents in local disk C will be remain there or it will be lost.

I’ve been using a software which called Windows Password Seeker.It is a very quick and useful utility for recovering passwords. Just an easy to use bootable CD/DVD . It can also be used on a USB Flash Drive.

I konw a simple method.Windows Password Seeker can reset almost all Windows passwords in seconds.It also compatible with windows 7.

I prefer to get a windows password recovery software to do it for me, I already purchase the software: Windows Password Reset Kit.