How To Recover A Lost Password On Windows XP

Posted on January 25, 2010


Did you recently forget your Windows password? Frustrated because you can’t log on? Some password recovery programs can cost up to $50– and it’s pretty hard to download free tools without a working computer! Well, here’s a free way to reset your Windows password without shelling out money for useless software!

The trick is to use a simple command prompt (cmd) code to gain access to the account. This might sound intimidating, but don’t worry! It’s really simple and you don’t need much computer know-how to get it done! Just follow the instructions below and you’ll be fine!

  • First, start your system up and press either the F8 key or the F12 key until another screen pops up. This should have several options on it, one of which should be “Safe Mode”, navigate to the Safe Mode option using the arrow keys and then press ENTER
  • Once you are logged in on Safe Mode, go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt
  • Once Command Prompt is open, type in the following: net user (account name) *
  • Once you do that, press ENTER and you will get something saying that you should enter a new password for the user, just type it in (the password will not show up on the screen for security reasons) and then press enter, you will then get another message telling you to retype the password to confirm. Once you are done that, hit ENTER, and you’re done! Just restart your computer and enjoy!