Create a Password Reset Disk in Windows XP

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windows-xpMicrosoft has enhanced security features in XP including the the ability to create a floppy diskette to recover your password in case it is forgotten.

  • Click Start
  • Click Control Panel
  • Click User Accounts
  • Click on the account which you want to create a password disk
  • Click Prevent a forgotten password which starts the Forgotten Password Wizard . This is found under Related Tasks
  • Insert a blank, formatted disk into drive A, and click Next
  • Enter the password in the Current user account password box

To use the recovery disk, at the Welcome screen

  • Click the user name whose password is on the recovery disk
  • Click the question mark button
  • This causes the Did you forget your password message to appear.
  • Click use your password reset disk
  • This will start the Password Reset Wizard.

From this point, just follow the wizard’s instructions and you will be able to set a new password. It is different if you are part of a domain, see next tip.

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