Forgot XP Password? How to Reset Windows XP Password in 3 Ways

Oct 16, 2019 17:22. Posted by to Tutorials
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For all the people still running computers with the old Windows XP, here's a tip for how to reset your password if you ever forget it. We're outlining three different tools for you here, with a focus on one application that will blow the rest out of the water. It's an award-winning application that has been tested extensively with multiple brands of PC, so it'll work with nearly any brand that you currently own. It is also perfect for Windows XP as well as all the way up to the latest Windows 10 update. With that, let's get on with the show.

 

Windows XP Password Reset Tool 1: PassGeeker for Windows

Windows XP Password Reset Tool 2: LCP

Windows XP Password Reset Tool 3: UBCD

 

Windows XP Password Reset Tool 1: PassGeeker for Windows

This is the tool that's been making the rounds in elite circles that deal with password recovery and such matters. Password recovery and resetting is a niche topic, and it requires a lot of skill to crack the strong password encryption found in Windows 10. It's a lot easier in Windows XP, which can usually be cracked in about 15 minutes with the right tool, but finding the right tool can be a problem if you're not familiar with the hacking landscape.

 

With PassGeeker for Windows, you won't have that problem. It uses a different, simpler method to just remove the forgotten password. It works instantly once you have created the password reset disk on a different computer, and won't take you more than 10 to 15 minutes for the entire process. Here's how it works.

 

 

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Step 1: Windows XP Password Recovery Tool Download and Install

On another PC (where you have an admin login), download the software and install it. After you launch the application, insert a USB drive, which will be detected by the software. Just hit the Burn option next to the USB media, which will create your password reset disk. It's as simple as that.

 

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Step 2:Boot Windows XP from USB

Now eject the media from the other computer and put it into your locked PC. You can now boot your computer from this media, which you can do by going to the BIOS setup menu and changing the boot order. Pressing F8 or another manufacturer-specified key will take you there. Once you save the change and exit, it will boot into PassGeeker for Windows.

Step 3: Reset Windows XP Password

The reason it can boot into PassGeeker is that the software contains its own pre-installation environment or WinPE. This allows the password reset utility to work independently of the native operating system. From this window, select your OS version and the locked user account, and hit the Password Reset button. Once it's done, your Windows XP password will be removed, and you can log in normally after removing the media and hitting Reboot in the software window.

 

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As you can see, this tool doesn't require any prior knowledge of password hashing or even how passwords are stored. Just follow the steps above and you're good to go in a matter of minutes. The best part is that you can use the bootable USB media any number of times on that same computer whenever you forget the password.

 

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Windows XP Password Reset Tool 2: LCP

Link Control Protocol, short for LCP, is actually used to audit or recover Windows passwords. It's a fairly complicated tool that first extracts the password hashes from one of many sources, dumps it into a text file and then proceeds to crack the hashes to find the right password. The only problem is that if the password is extremely complex, this tool could take days to find the right one. In some cases, it won't even yield results after the time spent on password cracking.

 

The key to speeding up the process with the LCP tool is choosing the right attack method. The Dictionary method requires you to upload word lists of commonly used passwords, and these can run into millions. If you have no idea which word lists might help, you can use Brute Force, but it takes even longer in most cases. The best option would be to use the Hybrid option, which offers the best speed and results, at least most of the time.

 

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Using LCP is quite simple. After downloading and installing the program, launch it and choose the method to retrieve the hashes. After the hashes are loaded into the program, you'll see a table with all the user accounts for that computer. If you see a blank in the NT Password column, that means there's a recoverable password for that account. After that, you just hit the button with the triangle, which looks like the Play button on a media player. After a few hours (or days, as the case may be), you'll see the password listed in the NT Password column against the locked user account. Simply restart your system and use that password to log in.

 

Windows XP Password Reset Tool 3: UBCD

Ultimate Boot CD, or UBCD for short, is another password reset tool so it doesn't actually recover your password. It works much like PassGeeker for Windows, but it's a little more complex and it doesn't always work with all versions of Windows. In addition, you will first need to create a bootable disk with the software, or what is called a Live CD, before you can use it to unlock your computer.

 

The process is relatively simple compared to many of the other tools available today. Basically, you download the program and burn the ISO file to a physical disk as bootable media. Then, you boot your computer from this disk - similar to the method described in Step 2 of PassGeeker for Windows. Once that's done, you need to select Parted Magic from the main screen, and this will take you to the Parted Magic graphical interface.

 

From here, go to Start -> Rescue -> Change Windows Password. In the next screen, choose the locked user account. Finally, choose the box to remove the password, then reboot your system from within the program by going to Start, then clicking on the Logout option and choosing Reboot. You can now log in without a password.

 

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As you can see, all these methods are effective when you forgot XP login password, but PassGeeker for Windows works with the widest range of Windows versions, PC brands, and even storage media brands. There is no wonder that this is quickly becoming the password reset tool of choice for most IT professionals who regularly work with forgotten passwords.

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