How do I get past a forgotten password on window XP "username"?

I tried safe mode(F8) and then clicking start and then entering userpasswords2 in run box to change password but computer said “no file exists by that name” somebody help a non- techy fix his mom’s computer.

Answer #1

your not entering the full wording.. its not just: ‘userpasswords2’


‘control userpasswords2’

Answer #2

According to the Microsoft support webpage it suggests you need a reset disk or if you are not the main administrator on the computer then you may need to reinstall windows, which can defintely be a pain!

As far as password key goes I have a couple friends who use it and they have yet to have any complaints about it…so it could be worth a try but until you find out if that works for sure I would put the password somewhere safe possibly in a notepad on your cellphone or on a sticky note somewhere hidden near the computer that you won’t forget about. Good luck!

Answer #3

Don’t be worried about your windows password. Windows passowrd recovery disk is very useful for resetting your password, also support your windows 7 password reset.

Answer #4

There are many Windows password reset tools, but I haven’t personally tested them. Windows Password Rescuer 3.0 is a widely spread edition on internet… It supports running with CD/DVD/USB, remove the lost or forgotten password and then log in to your computer without any password.As long as you have another PC to install it and burn it to CD/DVD or USB Drive.More detailed instruction you can visit :

Answer #5

The average person will try these methods:


Log on your computer by using built-in Administrator account in safe mode, its password default blank if you never change it. So that you can use it to change all other user password. Press F8 when you start/restart your PC, select Safe Mode to boot system.Or press ctrl+alt+delete two times in the welcome screen.


Use a password reset disk if you have already created.So remember to create a password reset disk when you create/change a password.Insert your reset disk when the system prompt you to use it as soon as you input a wrong password and press OK. However,how to create password reset disk? For instance creating a password reset disk in Windows 7.Same things can be done in Windows 8,WIndows vista/XP and so on.The operations are similar.

  1. Click Start and then choose Control Panel.
  2. Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety. Note: You will not see this link while you’re viewing the Control Panel under Large icons or Small icons mode. Then double-click on the User Accounts icon and proceed to Step 4.
  3. Click on the User Accounts. Note: Make sure that there is a portable media being connected on the computer to create the password reset disk before you proceed. This means that you will need a flash drive or a floppy disk drive and a blank floppy disk. You cannot create a Windows 7 password reset disk with a CD/DVD or external hard drive.
  4. In the task pane on the left, click Create a password reset disk. Note: If you get a No Drive warning message at this time, it shows that you have not got a floppy disk or USB flash drive connected onto your PC. You’ll need to do this before continuing.
  5. When the Forgotten Password Wizard appears, click Next.
  6. Choose the portable media drive to create a Windows 7 password reset disk. And then click Next to continue.
  7. With the disk or other media still in the drive, enter your current account password in the text box and click Next.
  8. Windows 7 now starts to create the password reset disk. Click Next and then click Finish in the next window when the progress indicator shows 100% complete.
  9. You can now remove the flash drive or floppy disk from your computer. Label the Windows 7 Password Reset disk and place it in a safe place. NOTE: You have to renew your password reset disk when you have changed your password. If you forgot to do this, you can’t reset your password by the previous reset disk when you lost windows password and it will be much more troublesome.


If the methods above are unavailable,you have to reinstall your system,or else If you really meet this situation, don’t worry, you can download a free software–Ophcrack, or reset Windows password with the Command Prompt.

If you want to save time, you can use Windows Password Rescuer professional to deal with this problem. It is designed to recover Windows 8/7/2008/2003/2000/xp/vista password, and it can complete the task within several minutes.

I have used Ophcrack to remove the password, but failed, afterward I used Windows Password Rescuer professional successfully reset my XP admin password, the steps are below(only four steps):

  1. Create a Windows Password Rescuer boot disk. Download the software and install it in a PC you have access. Run it and follow the button to burn it to CD or USB.

  2. Set computer to boot from CD/DVD-ROM or USB flash drive. Press F2 or DELETE when you start/restart your PC to get into the BIOS SETUP manu.Use Arrow keys to select BOOT manu,and use +/- keys to move CD/DVD option or USB option to the first site. Press F10 to save and EXIT.

  3. Boot from Windows Password Rescuer boot disk. After setting your computer to boot from CD/DVD rom or USB flash, insert Windows Password Rescuer boot disk you have created, and then restart computer and wait for a moment , Windows Password Rescuer 3.0 will startup and display a friendly operation window.

  4. Reset Windows 2000/2003/2008/XP/VISTA/WIN7/WIN8 password with a friendly interface. When Windows Password Rescuer startup and ready, you can do follow the steps below: At step 1, All windows on your computer will be list at combo box. Select one you want to reset its password.. At step 2, All Local Group Account will be list at combo box. Select one user you wan to reset its password. At step 3, Input a password to the password box. NOTICE: If you system is Windows VISTA or WIN7, Administrator Account may be disabled, and it will not appear at logon screen. At step 4, Click Reset Password, and eject Windows Password Rescuer boot disk You can free download the program by this link:

Answer #6

First you can log on as administrator and change the account which you want to change. If this account is admin account,you have to use a password recovery tool.Recommend you a useful one,Windows password rescuer, you can download from google for “windows password rescuer professional”.it is simple.I also used it before, because I also lost my windows password.

Answer #7

For Windows XP password reset you can try followings:

  1. Delete SAM file;
  2. Find your password in SAM file;
  3. Reset disk;
  4. Reset program, Ophcrack;
  5. Anmosoft Windows Password Reset.
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